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Suppression of Chongryon Condemned in Japan

Pyongyang, March 17 (KCNA) — Japanese political and public circles condemned the authorities for suppressing the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and violating the human rights of Koreans in Japan.

The New Socialist Party of Japan in a statement on February 16 castigated the Fukuoka High Court for deciding to cancel a measure for exempting the Kumamoto Korean Hall, a facility related to Chongryon, from taxation and branded the decision as an open crackdown on Chongryon, which curries favor with the right-wing forces in intensifying national discrimination and chauvinism against the Koreans in Japan and keeps in step with the government’s hostile policy toward the DPRK.
Pointing out that the decision is unwarrantable, the statement called upon the Japanese people to strengthen the movement for its withdrawal.
The Japanese Aichi, Mie Liaison Council for Supporting Korea’s Reunification made public a statement on March 6 to condemn the Nagoya Immigration Office for delaying a reentry permit of the chairperson of the Central Standing Committee of the Union of Democratic Korean Women in Japan.

The statement emphasized that unpardonable is such violation of human rights to discriminate and oppress those victims forcibly drafted by Japan’s aggression and colonial rule of Korea and Koreans in Japan, their descendants, and block their visit to the homeland.

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