On September 17, 1972, Kim Il Sung received a group of journalists from the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun.
“I warmly welcome your visit to our country.
“I have received your questionnaire through the Central Committee of the Journalists Union of Korea. Now, I should like to give brief answers to your questions.”
The talks began in this way.
On the coffee table in front of Kim Il Sung were only a few sheets of paper, on which the questions were typed.
Looking at the Japanese journalists, he said: You have asked me to tell you how the Juche idea originated. In a nutshell, the Juche idea means that the masses of the people are the masters of the revolution and construction and they are also the driving force of the revolution and construction. In other words, one is responsible for one’s own destiny and one also has the capacity for forging one’s own destiny.
In this logical and persuasive way he explained to them how the Juche idea originated.
The journalists recorded his speech word by word in their notebooks. A tape-recorder was also running silently.
Time slipped by. He spoke about the education of young people and children based on the Juche idea.
He underlined that the Workers’ Party of Korea was greatly concerned with the education of young people, proceeding from the requirements of the Juche idea, because there was no more important task for society to develop than to educate and train people.
Elucidating the position and role of man in the world, he said:
The basis of the Juche idea is that man is the master of everything and decides everything. Man is the most precious treasure in the world, and he is also the most powerful.
The Japanese journalists were so fascinated by the profound principles of the Juche idea that they forgot themselves and clapped their hands.
The philosophical principles of the Juche idea elucidated by Kim Il Sung were something completely new to them.
It was a man-centred philosophy.
The Juche philosophy, a man-centred philosophy, neither ignored the classical philosophies nor copied anything from them.
It was a completely new philosophy.
Kim Il Sung’s answers that day to the questions raised by the journalists from the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun were carried by publications under the title, On Some Problems of Our Party’s Juche Idea and the Government of the Republic’s Internal and External Policies, which were published and broadcast by the mass media across the world.
An advocate of the Juche idea in India said:
“It takes a whole lifetime for a man to understand the philosophies of Marx and Lenin, such is their complexity, which I thought was attributable to the profundity of the materialistic philosophy. But I was mistaken. The whole content of President Kim Il Sung’s Juche philosophy can be understood simply by reading his answers to the questions raised by the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun. They contain everything that makes a philosophy. President Kim Il Sung has shown, in creating the Juche idea, that there is no limit to man’s thinking and exploration. There is no genius in the world who can rival President Kim Il Sung in terms of the depth of his thinking and exploration. In general, no academic discipline can be separated from thinking and exploration. And, while philosophy is the supreme academic discipline demanding a high level of thinking, the Juche philosophy is the philosophy of philosophies, a truly great philosophy. The Juche philosophy is great, the man who created the Juche philosophy is great, and the wisdom with which he gave such a clear-cut explanation of it is also great. The Juche philosophy is a philosophy deserving of worldwide applause. President Kim Il Sung, who has illuminated the way ahead for mankind with the light of Juche, is indeed the great Sun of mankind. He alone can be praised as the Sun in the world.”
This was a reflection of the admiration of enlightened mankind.