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Pyongyang demands Tokyo apology for Korea occupation

December 06, 2011, 13:05 UTC+3

North Korea has demanded from Japan “apologies and payment of compensation for atrocities committed during the occupation of Korea

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PYONGYANG, December 6 (Itar-Tass) — North Korea has demanded from Japan “apologies and payment of compensation for atrocities committed during the occupation of Korea.” It is said in commentary released through the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Its authors stress that at a recent meeting of the Third Committee at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly it was Japan that proposed to adopt a resolution on human rights abuses in North Korea. At the same time, the Japanese delegation again raised the issue of “kidnapping hostages.” Tokyo claims that this is a fundamental problem in terms of human rights violations.

Several years ago, North Korea admitted the fact of abductions of Japanese and repatriated five people, and so the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) considers the subject closed. However, Tokyo has urged re-investigation, claiming that much more people were kidnapped.

According to the KCNA, Japan intentionally raises the issue of “kidnapping hostages” at the international level in order to “justify the violent past of the country.” From 1910 to 1945, the agency said, the Japanese authorities took out more than 8.4 million Koreans for slave labour, about one million of which died. In addition, during the 1930-1940s of the past century, about 200 thousand Korean women were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers and officers. Against the background of these arguments Japan’s talk about violation of human rights in the DPRK, according to the commentary, “is yet another manifestation of stereotypical and politically motivated propaganda campaign against the DPRK.” Tokyo should apologise for the crimes of the past and pay compensation to their victims, “before raising the issue of human rights in other countries,” the KCNA said.

According to the agency Japan attempted to adopt the anti-DPRK “resolution on human rights” while talking about the “abduction issue” at the Third Committee of the 66th UN General Assembly. The Japanese ambassador to the UN in a speech before voting said that the “potential abduction by the DPRK” couldn’t be ruled out as yet and it still remains a pending issue in a bid to build up the public opinion over the human rights issue. It is ridiculous for the hideous human rights abuser Japan to style itself the initiator of the resolution, talking rhetoric about other country's human rights performance.

This racket kicked up by Japan does not deserve even a passing note as it was another stereotyped and politically-motivated smear campaign staged by the hostile forces to the DPRK including Japan. No country is so clamorous about the human rights and humanitarianism on the earth as Japan. Outwardly Japan seems to have a pretty deep interest in human rights, the KCNA said.

But does Japan really have the right to talk about it? As far as the human rights issue is concerned, Japan has no qualification to talk about it. It is because of its wrong attitude towards past atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese imperialists against the Koreans, a harsh violation of human rights unprecedented in history, the commentary says.

Japan has been recorded in history as an infamous war criminal state as it committed horrible atrocities against Koreans during its occupation of Korea. It massacred more than one million people, kidnapped or forcibly took away 8.4 million and forced 200,000 women into the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army during its military occupation of Korea that has lasted for nearly half a century, the KCNA said.

Far from making an honest apology and reparation for its crimes, Japan has sought to push its hideous inhuman crimes under the carpet for the past more than 60 years since the war. This is the very reason why Japan is more intent on kicking up the anti-DPRK manoeuvres than any other country while talking about humanity and human rights in the international arena, says the commentary.

The “abduction issue” had already seen a solution as declared by the DPRK more than once. Japan is intentionally highlighting the “abduction issue” and internationalizing it while trying to give impression that it remains an outstanding issue. This is aimed to abuse this issue for serving its political and strategic purposes, according to the KCNA. Japan had better make reparation for its past crimes before talking about human rights of other country.

Korea was under Japanese rule as part of Japan’s 35-year imperialist expansion (29 August 1910 to 15 August 1945). Japanese rule ended in 1945 shortly after the Japanese defeat in World War II. Korea was occupied and declared a Japanese protectorate in the 1905 Eulsa Treaty, and officially annexed in 1910 through the annexation treaty. Japan’s involvement in the region began with the 1876 Treaty of Ganghwa during the Joseon Korea. The 1905 and 1910 treaties were eventually declared “null and void” by both Japan and South Korea in 1965. In Korea, the period is usually described as “Japanese Imperial Period” Other terms include “Japanese forced occupation” or Japanese administration. In Japan, there is a term the “Japanese- Governed Period.”

According to Korean historians, Japanese fabricated documents, which led to the occupation of the Korean Peninsula by the imperial army. Japan and North Korea to this day have no diplomatic relations.

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