The Japanese ultra-right forces have become hell-bent on reviving militarism.
Japanese Cabinet ministers including the minister of Defense, the minister for Economic Recovery and the minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, officials concerned of the Liberal Democratic Party and the ultra-right elements offered visits to the Yasukuni Shrine one after another on the occasion of the anniversary of Japan's defeat in the Second World War.
Prime Minister Suga openly made an offering to the shrine and then visited the cemetery of the war dead in Tokyo to honour them who were killed in the aggression war without uttering a word about Japan's blood-stained history of aggression.
August 15 is the day when Japan sustained a defeat and declared an unconditional surrender in the war of aggression provoked by it.
Japan, a defeated nation and war criminal state, is obliged to show deep repentance for its invasion of Korea and many other Asian countries and the massacre of innocent people and make an apology before mankind on its knees on this occasion.
The Japanese rulers, however, far from feeling guilty conscience, are vying with each other to visit and pledge revenge at the shrine where the name tablets of A-class war criminals and murderers in the wars of aggression are kept.
Through the visit to the shrine they showed the international community again that they seek to bring back the departed soul of the militarists that had been buried in the grave of history, educate Japanese in the idea of aggression and use them as a shock brigade for realizing the military resurgence and ambition of overseas reinvasion.
By doing so, Japan openly declared that it would never acknowledge the past history of aggression but continue to follow the path of becoming a military giant and of overseas expansion it has so far pursued.
Recently the Japanese Defense Ministry worked out and opened to public the "defence white paper for children", the first of its kind, reflecting its ambition for territorial seizure. It can also be seen as a concentrated expression of Japan's persistent revanchist ambition for overseas reinvasion to fulfil its old unrealized dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" even by imbuing the new generations with the distorted view on history.
Justifying militarism precisely means a declaration to repeat the past history of aggression.
Japan must bear in mind that it will meet complete destruction if it opts for the path of reinvasion, oblivious of the bitter lesson from its defeat.