A Seminar on the Juche Idea and Independence & Peace to Celebrate the 75th Founding Anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea was held in Tokyo on October 10,2020.
It was held under the co-auspices of the International Institute of the Juche Idea, the Japanese Committee for the Support of Independent and Peaceful Reunification of Korea, and the Japanese National Liaison Council for the Study of Kimilsung-Kimjongilism. The seminar was participated by the broad masses of the people including Juche idea researchers and friendship activists with the DPRK all over Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
The seminar was opened and presided over by Mr. Miyakawa Kunio, joint representative of the Gunma-Japan Liaison Council for the Study of Kimilsung-Kimjongilism.
The seminar started with screening video-delivered messages from overseas.
On the screen, Prof. Ramon Jimenez Lopez, director general of the IIJI Board greeted the participants, saying that he was grateful for being able to join the seminar in that manner.
Next, introduced there was a congratulatory video-delivered message entitled “WPK That Is Building a Paradise on Earth” from Dr. J. F. Aguiral Bulgarelli, the first director-general of the Latin American Institute of the Juche Idea.
Overseas messages from the following association and persons were introduced in the seminar: the Korean Association of Social Scientists; Prof. Edmond Jouve, director general of the European Regional Society for the Study of the Juche Idea (ERSSJI) ;
Prof. Matteo Carbonelli, secretary general of the ERSSJI (Message attached).
Domestically, introduced there were messages from Mr. Kina Shoukichi, artist; Mr. Hattori Ryoichi, permanent secretary of the National Union of the Social Democratic Party, Japan, who is also in charge of international affairs. All of them were published on the paper.
Similarly in the seminar, an address of solidarity was made by Mr. Nam Sung U, vice-chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan. He introduced briefly the glorious 75-year history of the DPRK, while expressing his warm feelings of solidarity with Juche idea researchers there.
On behalf of the sponsorship, Chairman Himori Fumihiro of the Japanese Committee for Independent and Peaceful Reunification of Korea said:
“It is a glorious history of the WPK in that it has overcome much hardships together with the masses with set teeth, and turned the DPRK to be a powerful socialist country on a higher level.
“We support the struggle waged by the DPRK, while conducting our activities to support the early realization of the reunification of Korea. Let us make it an awareness that the division of Korea was rooted in the colonial rule of Japan, so that Japan should take responsibility for the reunification of Korea. Being against the three partys’ agreement between the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the Socialist Party of Japan, the former Abe administration fueled the improbable DPRK’s threat theory, promoted a thorough policy of hostility to the country, while steadily strengthening Japan’s military ability to attack the DPRK. Let us change this tendency.”
Prof. Emeritus Ie Masaji at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, who is representative coordinator of the Japanese Liaison Council for the Study of Kimilsung-Kimjongilism appealed as follows: “The WPK is the party that realizes the idea of President Kim Il Sung. The Juche idea requires to safeguard independence, and the WPK is the party that fights for global independence including the country of its own. The study and dissemination of the Juche idea, Kimilsung-Kimjongilism is the engine that propels the era of independence.”
Next, Dr. Pak Myong, chief of the Chair of Philosophy and Political Science, Korea University in Japan gave a presentation entitled “On the Characteristics of the History Traversed by the WPK.”
Introducing a speech made by Chairman Kim Jong Un entitled “Making Selfless, Devoted Efforts for the Good of the People Is the Mode of Existence and Source of Invincible Might of the Workers’ Party of Korea” on October 10, 2015, and referring to the WPK’s political stance that adheres to the people-first principle, Dr. Pak said that there is a source of the strengh of the WPK in its faithfully response to its leaders: President Kim Il Sung, General Secretary Kim Jong Il and Chairman Kim Jong Un, while upholding aloft Kimilsung-Kimjongilism as the only guiding ideology. He further said that even under the difficult situation after the latest natural disasters, the members of the WPK responded to the call issued by Chairman Kim Jong Un to provide those victims with the medical cares on the highest level and rushed to the restoration sites. Then he said that it showed that the single-minded unity of the WPK has been strengthened more in the history of its 75 years.
A video-delivered speech of Prof. Emeritus Taira Ken-ichi at Okinawa University entitled “The Workers’ Party of Korea Promoting Socialist Construction with the People-First Principle.” was introduced on the paper basis.
The seminar was closed by an address made by Prof. Emeritus Kamakura Takao at Saitama University, who is director of the IIJI Board. He said:“Chairman Kim Jong Un said that they should not allow 0.001% of this infection to be overlooked at the 18th Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committe of the Workers Party of Korea on September 29, 2020 by enhancing the people's volitional unity. He made an important proposal that the epidemic prevention system and order must be firmly adhered to. The establishment of a self-reliant economy has become crucially important amid the severe restrictions on foreign trade due to the Corona disaster. He said: “I believe that the DPRK is showing a typical example of the economy. The Korean people are responding in such a way that their foreign policy never allows aggression and war, and if a relationship of equal and mutual trust can be established, the war can be prevented. This year even though the typhoons have hit the DPRK many times and the sanctions on it have been strengthened, the reality of the DPRK which has established independence and is promoting economic construction and an independent national economy, proves the universality of Kimilsung-Kimjongilism. Let us make the Juche idea as our own belief and advance ahead with many more people together along this path.”
After the seminar there were arts performances. Ms. Tooyama Yoko, singer, who is also vice-chairperson of the Japan-DPRK Association for Exchanges of Music and Arts sang Japanese and Korean songs.
Also, there are arts performances by the Keumgangsan Opera Troupe, which is the overseas comprehensive arts organization of the DPRK with a variety of performances such as solo songs like “This Spring in Flower Blossoms,” and “With One Single Mind,” solo dance “Dance of Twin Folding Fans,” Sohegum solo “Nostalgia for Motherland.” Those participants in the seminar were fascinated by their gorgeous and magnificent performances.
A performer said that “In spite of ordeals under the novel coronavirus pandemic that has made a great change in life, there will be no night without dawn. There will be a hopeful tomorrow.” Bouquets were presented to the performers, and the art performances ended with a big applause.
After the art performances, a get-together was held with main participants and guests for the congratulatory seminar. Dr. Ogami Ken-ichi, secretary general of the IIJI proposed a toast for good health of Chairman Kim Jong Un, while showing his appreciation for the efforts of those concerned and celebrating the success in the seminar.