August 08, 2020
KCNA Pyongyang Times

Shameless distortion of history

Date: 02/07/2020 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

Shortly ago, Japan exhibited data denying the forced labour of Koreans in the Hashima coal mine at the newly inaugurated industrial heritage information centre in Tokyo.

Japan has long tried to register forced labour sites for exploiting Koreans including Hashima Island on the UNESCO's world cultural heritage list. But it faced strong opposition at home and abroad and was compelled to admit the forced labour of Koreans in July 2015 and promise to take a proper step to keep the memory of the victims.

At that time the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, considering Japan's such attitude, adopted a decision on advising Japan to make public the history about the forced labour of Koreans in every site.

However, just after achieving their purpose, Japan openly exhibited fabrications denying the forced labour of Koreans.

This is another unpardonable mockery of the Korean nation and the international community and unethical crime.

As far as the Hashima coal mine is concerned, its living and working conditions were so poor that it had been called a hell by even Japanese from the outset of its development.

The Japanese imperialists brought nearly 1 000 Korean people to the island without source of drinkable water and forced them into painful slave labour for more than 12-14 hours a day. And they were the targets of all sorts of national discrimination and maltreatment.

The testimonies by a Korean who had a narrow escape from the island of death and the Japanese who lived on the neighbouring islands and other data clearly prove the crimes of the murderers who maltreated and brutally killed Koreans on Hashima Island.

Despite the fact, Japan is spreading false information, describing it as "testimonies" of islanders, and terming such act the one following the resolution and advice of the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee.

Japan’s vicious history distortion is aimed at evading its responsibility for the unethical crimes at any cost and to keep the Japanese people in ignorance so as to use them as a shock brigade for overseas invasion again.

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