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Japanese Citizens Demand Assistance to Korean Schools
Pyongyang, June 30 (KCNA) -- Japanese citizens' actions demanding the settlement of the issue of assisting the Korean schools were launched in Tokyo on June 27.

They were participated in by representatives and members of more than 140 organizations including associations for assisting Korean schools in different parts of Japan, the Tokyo Assemblymen's Liaison Society for the Promotion of Japan-Korea Friendship and the Saitama Prefectural Council for Japan-Korea Friendship and Solidarity and other solidarity organizations and Japanese organizations related to the movement for human rights and peace and other Japanese citizens.

Among the participants were teachers and students of Tokyo and Kanagawa Korean senior high schools, members of the society of mothers and other Koreans in Japan.

Speakers at a meeting denounced the Japanese authorities for their unjust action of excluding only Korean schools from the tuition-free program for senior high schools.

The claim that the educational contents at the Korean schools run counter to the Japanese law is nonsense and this is a politically motivated national discrimination, they held.

They called for waging signature campaigns, distribution of leaflets and demos across Japan with broad strata of Japanese citizens involved to find a sure solution to the issue of assisting Korean schools.

A resolution adopted at the meeting noted that the discrimination against the Korean schools is a human rights abuse by the Japanese authorities, strongly demanding the authorities give the same assistance to the Korean schools as done to the Japanese schools.

At the end of the meeting the participants staged a demonstration, shouting "Tuition-free program for all the senior high school students!" "Children are equal!" "No chauvinism!" etc.

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