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Settlement of Issue of Assisting Korean Schools in Japan Urged
Pyongyang, August 1 (KCNA) -- A meeting took place in Tokyo on July 27 to brief on and study the activities of students of Korean senior high schools demanding the application on an equal footing of the tuition-free program for senior high schools. It was sponsored by the Japan-Korea Society for Scientific and Educational Interchange.

Present there were student representatives of Korean senior high schools from across Japan, Korean residents in Japan, political figures of Japan and members of Japan-DPRK friendship organizations.

To begin with, Kenki Nakamura, chairman of the society, made a speech.

He said that the demand for applying the tuition-free program to Korean schools is a matter pertaining to not only the Korean residents in Japan but Japanese themselves.

He declared that they would work harder for a proper solution to that issue in August seeing the lapse of 100 years after the "Korea-Japan Annexation Treaty" was faked up by the Japanese imperialists.

Then followed a report and speeches.

The reporter and speakers denounced the Japanese authorities' discrimination against Korean schools as a violation of the Korean residents' rights.

It is quite natural for Koreans to learn their national language, culture and history, they said, stressing that Japan's discrimination policy of depriving the children of the right to learning can never be tolerated.

They demanded that the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan pay assistance funds to Korean schools immediately.

They declared that in order to defend the right to learning of the Korean students in Japan the Korean residents and the Japanese people would in the future, too, wage the vigorous struggle such as signature campaign and demonstration demanding the settlement of the assistance issue in solidarity with each other.

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