A spokesman for the Association of Korean Victims of Forcible Drafting and Their Bereaved Families gave a statement to media on April 1 under the title “We will never forget the unpardonable crimes of Japan and make it pay for them dearly”.
The statement said 83 years has passed since the Japanese imperialists proclaimed the criminal “Law on National Mobilization”, and continued:
The “Law on National Mobilization” fabricated by the Konoe Cabinet on April 1, 1938 was a fascist wartime law to justify the expansion of its reckless aggressive war and appropriate the human and material resources for the war by force of arms under the pretext of “mobilization”.
Until August 1945 when the Japanese imperialists were defeated since the evil law was proclaimed, more than 8.4 million Koreans were taken to different places of Korea and coal mines, mines, shipyards and dam and railway construction sites in Japan and battlefields of the Japanese imperialist aggressor troops in China and the South Sea Islands and had to undergo a long-time harsh slave labor, maltreatment and miserable fate of cannon fodder.
Since then, the Japanese imperialists further intensified the enlistment of “comfort women” for the Japanese army and allured and kidnapped 200,000 Korean women including teenage girls and married women and reduced them into sexual slaves for the brutal Japanese imperialist aggressor troops. The Japanese imperialists reduced many Koreans into cannon fodder of war of aggression and forced slave labor and sexual slavery upon them. Such inhuman atrocities are an extra-large state crime unprecedented in the human history.
Far from deeply reflecting on the past immoral crimes committed by Japanese imperialism and apologizing for them, however, the Japanese authorities are resorting to all impudent tricks to evade their responsibility, persistently denying and justifying them.
What is intolerable all the more is that they malignantly slander the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the greatest victim of Japanese imperialism, on the international arena, always regarding it as a thorn in the flesh and openly reveal their attempt for reinvasion of the Korean peninsula. Furthermore, they suppress and apply sanctions to the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan and Japan-resident Koreans, victims of the forcible drafting and their descendants, and grossly violate the right to education and upbringing of Korean students and children in Japan.
Their persistent vicious anti-DPRK, anti-Korean moves are aimed at evading the responsibility for their nefarious immoral crimes brought to light, diverting elsewhere the attention of the international community focussed on them to escape from the liquidation of their past crimes and accelerating their bid to become a military power under the pretext of “threat” from the DPRK to realize their ambition for “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere”.
No matter how many years may go by and no matter how many generations may change, we will never forget the tremendous crimes of Japan and make it pay for them dearly. Bearing in mind that they can never escape from the responsibility for the liquidation of their past, the Japanese authorities must immediately give up their anachronistic hostile policy towards the DPRK and despicable infringement upon the human rights of the Koreans in Japan and make a thorough apology and compensation to the Korean victims and their bereaved families as early as possible, the statement stressed.