calendar>>December 16. 2009 Juche 98
50th Anniversary of Repatriation Marked
Pyongyang, December 16 (KCNA) -- Leading newspapers Wednesday editorially mark the 50th anniversary of the repatriation of Koreans in Japan.

Rodong Sinmun says that the repatriation was a fruition of President Kim Il Sung and General Secretary Kim Jong Il's Juche-oriented idea of the overseas Koreans movement, their wise guidance to it and warm compatriotic love.

It goes on:

More than 100,000 Koreans in Japan have so far repatriated to the socialist homeland through the repatriation operation started by the peerlessly great men.

The repatriation of Koreans in Japan showed the world that the DPRK is a genuine homeland of all Koreans and a cradle of their happiness. It also clearly proved the absolute superiority of socialism to capitalism and dealt a heavy blow at the reactionaries at home and abroad who tried hard to prevent Koreans from returning to their homeland.

Those returnees from Japan, once subject to harsh suppression and maltreatment, are now all out in the drive for building a thriving nation. They should not forget even a moment the loving care and solicitude shown by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to bring a worthwhile life and happiness to them and uphold the party with labor achievements.

Minju Joson calls upon the officials of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and Koreans in Japan to cherish the high pride and confidence of being overseas citizens of the socialist homeland dashing ahead toward a thriving nation, recording epoch-making events true to the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il and more thoroughly embody Kim Il Sung's Juche-based idea of the overseas Koreans movement and thus bring about a new heyday in the movement of Koreans in Japan.

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