20 April 2017

News Story: DPRK accuses Japan of preparing for "overseas aggression"

PYONGYANG, April 19 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Wednesday accused Japan of aggression by reviving war songs in schools and passing a post-war record high defense budget for 2017.

Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, said in a commentary that Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has called on schools to revive the singing of "war songs" from World War II, apply the system of education in place before the war, and recite the "royal message of education" of former Japanese Emperor Hirohito.

"Meanwhile, the Japanese reactionaries passed 5.125 trillion yen (about 43.7 billion U.S. dollars) for its military spending for 2017 at the House of Councilors, an increase of 1.4 percent compared to last year. This shows that Japan's military spending has steadily increased for five years," it said.

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