Abduction and drafting of Koreans–gravest crime with no statute of limitations (1)

The Nagasaki city authorities in Japan has recently approved, though reluctantly, the building of the Korean A-bomb victims memorial service monument in Peace Park, which in fact had been deferred for seven years. It has been disclosed, however, that they opposed an inscription of the phrase “forced labour” on the monument.

The Korean A-bomb victims who met the undeserved death in Nagasaki in August 1945 were those who had been abducted or coercively drafted, and forced into slave labour by the Japanese imperialists who had been frenzied in invading the Asian continent.

Japan militarily occupied Korea and inflicted immeasurable physical and mental pains and material damage upon its people during the first half of the 20th century, but they are avoiding clear apology and thorough reparation until today.

The more Japan struggles to omit the phrase “forced labour” and embellish its crime-ridden history in textbooks, the more the crime will increase, and it will never be erased nor altered even with the passage of time and the change of generations.

The inhumane atrocities the Japanese imperialists committed as they reduced millions of Koreans to cannon fodder in their aggression war, labour slaves and sex slaves and killed many of them are the gravest state crime unprecedented in human history, because they stemmed from the policy of annihilating the Korean nation.

Forced drafting of Koreans–gravest abduction crime perpetrated by state

Abduction and forced drafting of Koreans perpetrated by Japan in the 20th century with the mobilization of government and military powers are the barbarous crimes which overshadow by far the slave hunt dating back to the Middle Ages.

Japan forcibly abducted or drafted in a gangsterlike manner over 8.4 million young and middle-aged Koreans to impose slave labour on them and reduced 200 000 Korean women to sex slaves.

With the escalation of aggression war, the Japanese warmongers came to face deficiencies in both the number of troops and labour force.

The colossal consumption of human and material resources with the expansion of fronts led to a complete exhaustion of the armed and labour forces in Japan, and the Japanese imperialists found its solution in colonial Korea.

To recruit and draft Korean labour forces by mobilizing government power, the Japanese imperialists concocted vicious evil laws one after another including “National Mobilization Act” (April 1938) and “National Draft Ordinance” (July 1939) and forcibly enforced them in Korea.

In the face of continued defeats on the fronts in the early 1940s, they revised the mobilization ordinance, and cooked up and enforced new evil laws one after another, thus forcibly recruiting young and middle-aged Koreans without distinctions of job, age and sex, and driving them into the places of drudgery and death.

Initially, the drafting was done in the form of so-called “labourer recruitment” and “brokering by authorities”, a combination of carrot and stick. But as the war expanded, the Japanese imperialists threw away this form and perpetrated abduction and drafting overtly and forcibly under the signboard of “labour drafting” and “military conscription.”

Their abduction method was the combination of kidnapping and power of authority, where the latter was most used and the former was underpinned by the latter.

The victims of labour drafting, military conscription and “volunteer corps” committed by them testified one after another that the course of drafting and conscription was characterized by forcible abduction, kidnapping and arrest, not a simple “recruitment”.

The kidnapping and forced drafting of Koreans and the subsequent cruel slave labour imposed upon them are the gravest abduction crime perpetrated by the state of Japan from A to Z.


Kim Jong Hyok, researcher at the Institute for Studies of Japan, the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs