A “militarist maniac,” that’s how North Korean paper Rodong Sinmun described Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after he delivered his New Year’s message in Japan. PM Abe addressed his nation and mentioned plans of amending the constitution by 2020, specifically in terms of military defense. A move that caused neighbor North Korea to react and accuse him of “reckless behavior” that would push his country into “self-destruction.”
Abe’s address was given a few days after his visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine that honors wartime dead in Japan, including some class A war criminals. The shrine has always been a source of antagonism from China and South Korea, as both countries suffered heavily under Japanese aggression during the Second World War. Abe’s visit to the shrine provoked the North, as they saw it as Japan’s way of “bringing back the era… when Japanese imperialists could dominate Asia.”
In an editorial, the paper criticized Abe’s message describing what he said as a “dangerous outburst, which brought to light the true colors of a militarist maniac,” referring to Japan’s announcement of boosting its military equipment by spending $240 million to add fighter jets and other hardware. The move was in response to the North’s nuclear and missile programs that continue to raise security concerns in Japan, which the communist nation countered as an excuse to beef up armaments and prepare for future domination of neighboring states.
[via Business Recorder]