Prof. Edmond Jouve Publishes Book Entitled
“The DPRK: ‘And for You, Who I Am’ ”
Prof. Edmond Jouve, director general of the Board of Directors of the European Regional Society for the Study of the Juche Idea is also professor emeritus at University of Paris Descartes as well as a human rights activist.
He is a recipient of the Order of the Legion of Honor, the most prestigious award in France, and is known as a heavyweight.
He has authored some 30 books, mainly on international relations.
Now, he has published a book entitled “The DPRK: ‘And for You, Who I Am’ ” from L’harmattan.
In this book Prof. Edmond Jouve gives a thoughtful introduction to the DPRK, where he visited 17 times in 35 years.
He wrote in its preface: “This is a book for another look, beyond the viewpoint of stereotypes, on the DPRK, which is known in France under the name of ‘North Korea.’ ”
“Of the many trips I have made around the world (the equivalent of ten trips from the Earth to the Moon), the ones I have made to the DPRK are among the most surprising. I am not sure that they have been fully understood by all my friends. I think the time has come to lift some of the veil on my relationship with this country.”
Travelogues (in 1984 and 1989);
The DPRK, the Last Bastion of Socialism;
DPRK’s Political and Constitutional Development;
The Juche Philosophy;
The DPRK in Pictures
Gathering on 27th Anniversary of Demise of
President Kim Il Sung Held in Romania
In July 2021, a gathering was held in Romania to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the demise of President Kim Il Sung.
Joining there were Mr. Vasile Orleanu, director of the Board of Directors of the European Regional Society for the Study of the Juche Idea, who is also chairman of the Supreme Council of the Romanian Socialist Party and president of the Romanian Association for the Study of the Juche Idea; as well as other Juche idea researchers and people from friendship groups with the DPRK.
Mr. Vasile Orleanu said as follows:
“Although President Kim Il Sung passed away, he won the heartfelt respect of all the people throughout the ages and centuries for the great achievements he had made in carrying out the global cause of independence.
“Thanks to the wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung, the DPRK has firmly established the foundation of an independent national economy and self-defensive national defense industry, and thus has been able to fully display its majesty as a powerful country while vigorously promoting economic and defense construction.
“The achievements of President Kim Il Sung will be remembered forever in the hearts of all the people.”
IIJI Holds Regular Workshop on Subject of “DPRK’s New Strategy toward US and Biden Administration’s Policy toward DPRK”
The International Institute of the Juche Idea (IIJI) held its Regular Workshop in Tokyo on August 1, 2021.
Participating there were a wide range of people including Juche idea researchers from Tokyo, Osaka, Kochi, Shizuoka and Fukushima, Japanese scholars and other scholars from Korean residents in Japan, and Japan-DPRK friendship activists.
Similarly, Prof. Emeritus Kamakura Takao at Saitama University who is also director of the IIJI Board sent to the workshop his message.
The workshop was presided over by Dr. Ogami Ken-ichi, secretary general of the IIJI.
In his opening address he said: “Thanks a lot for joining this workshop with courage in spite of the hot weather as well as amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Such actions themselves arose us a sense of comradeship. So I would like to express my gratitude to you all who participated here.”
Before the lectures started, an address was made by Mr. Himori Fumihiro, chairman of the Japanese Committee for the Support of the Independent Peaceful Reunification of Korea as follows: “The DPRK has been fulfilling its promises made with the U.S. The situation will not move forward unless the U.S. firmly fulfills its promises in turn. In this regard, our committee is scheduled to hold a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy to Japan the day after tomorrow to urge to stop its military exercises.”
It was followed by an address of Rector Han Tong Song of Korea University in Japan. He introduced the recent activities of the University that greeted its 65th founding anniversary this year in that it is holding daily discussion to further promote its human resource development projects in overseas compatriot ethnic education, and that the university ensures its students to have face-to-face classes instead of online classes.
Two lectures were given there: one entitled “Challenges and Prospects for the Biden Administration’s Policy” by Prof. Nakato Sachio at Ritsumeican University; the other one entitled “A New Strategy of DPRK as a Strategic Country and the Biden Administration’s Old-fashioned Policy toward the DPRK” by So Chun On, director of the International and Reunification bureau of the Central Headquarters of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon).
Being based on the fact that the Biden administration inaugurated on January 20, 2021 reportedly completed its review process of the previous US policies toward the DPRK, Prof. Nakato analyzed the characteristics of its policy toward the DPRK.
Talking about his experiences in holding symposiums and seminars with the attendance of experts and scholars on Korean issues in US, ROK, and Japan, in view of analyzing US policy’s toward the DPRK, Prof. Nakato mentioned that it was unfortunate that no representative of the DPRK had participated in these gatherings and therefore, the discussion had to proceed with individual images of the DPRK.
Referring to the subject of his lecture, he further said that the outline of the Biden administration’s policy toward the DPRK has become clear through the various U.S. government officials and the like. He continued:
“In my opinion, it should be the basic idea of the Biden administration’s policy toward the DPRK that it tries to prevent the rise of China and the DPRK by creating a common ground among the U.S., Japan and the ROK in terms of emphasizing the value of international cooperation and the importance of alliances among them.
“With regard of the term ‘the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,’ at least among the U.S. and the ROK, there is a growing consensus on it as opposed to so-called “the complete denuclearization of North Korea.”
He concluded his lecture by saying that “the relationship between the DPRK and the U.S. should advance depending on how the U.S. changes its hostile policy toward the DPRK and how the DPRK perceives it.”
In his lecture composing three topics: 1) a new strategy toward the U.S. by the DPRK as a strategic nation; 2) the Biden administration’s global strategy and the old-fashioned policy toward the DPRK; 3) the outcome to be brought about from the situation of the Korean Peninsula, Mr. So Chun On said as follows:
“The DPRK, as a strategic state that has perfected its nuclear armed forces, is trying to neutralize the U.S. nuclear threat and its hostile policy by fully strengthening and exerting its own independent power and internal dynamics. Likely, the DPRK has put forward its counter-strategy as a strategic state to neutralize the U.S. nuclear threat and hostile policy by its own power. Specifically, the DPRK is developing military and diplomatic battles to subdue the U.S. In other words, the DPRK is trying to push the U.S. to change its hostile policy toward it by further strengthening and exerting its military and diplomatic power.”
He quoted what General Secretary Kim Jong Un said at the Third Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the WPK (on June 17, 2021) as follows:
“We need to get prepared for both dialogue and confrontation, especially to get fully prepared for confrontation in order to protect the dignity of our state and its interests for independent development and to reliably guarantee the peaceful environment and the security of our state.”
In this context, he mentioned the exchange of letters between the leaders of the Inter-Korea and the restart of the communication line of Inter-Korea, as the possibility of dialogue.
At the workshop, Suzuki Toshikazu, representative coordinator of the Tokai Liaison Council for the Study of Kimilsung-Kimjongilism, Ouchi Noriaki, professor at Kanto Gakuin University, and Ri Yong Su, director general of the Association of Korean Social Scientists in Japan, were requested to make brief speeches.
Mr. Suzuki Toshikazu described his visit to the grave of Mr. Hwang Na, a Korean resident in Japan who influenced the Japanese youth in the early days of the study and dissemination of the Juche idea and expressed his determination to promote the study and dissemination of the Juche idea among the broad masses of the people.
Mr. Ri Yong Su said that what is important is how to understand the policies put forward by General Secretary Kim Jong Un at the 8th Congress of the WPK. Concluding his speech, he said that as a Korean social scientist living in Japan, he would like to work hard for the next 15 years to complete the construction of the DPRK as a thriving socialist state proposed by General Secretary Kim Jong Un and then meet the very day.
Thus, the regular workshop of the IIJI was a gathering of Juche idea researchers and Japan-DPRK friendship activists where they shared their feelings with each other.