|calendar>>March 31. 2011 Juch 100|
Warm Compatriotism and Friendship Shown in Quake-hit Areas of Japan
| Pyongyang, March 31 (KCNA) -- Warm compatriotism is being fully displayed among Koreans and friendship between them and Japanese in the earthquake-stricken areas alive with the work to eradicate the aftermath of the killer quake and ensuing tsunami which rocked Japan, according to Choson Sinbo, the organ of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon).
The Central Standing Committee of Chongryon has conducted energetic activities to rescue Koreans and protect their properties, displaying the might of the unity of its organizations.
Right after the occurrence of the massive quake Chongryon lost no time to form an emergency measure committee and organize rescue teams. They were sent to the quake-hit areas along with relief materials. It has also rendered sincere help not only to the Korean sufferers but to disaster-stricken Japanese out of humanitarianism.
Chongryon decided to conduct rescue operations for disaster-hit Koreans under Chongryon and those under the south Korean Residents Association in Japan (Mindan) and Koreans not affiliated to any of these organizations and the work to restore the damaged Korean schools as a movement involving all its organizations and all compatriots and has pushed forward the work to send relief materials to the afflicted areas.
The above-said rescue teams rushed to the disaster-stricken areas with truck loads of foodstuff, medical supplies, daily necessities and other goods. They were organized by the Headquarters of Chongryon and the organizations of various levels under it to rescue the Koreans in the areas.
The members of the measure committee are busy with operations to help the quake-hit compatriots. They visited various schools and their houses in Ibaraki, Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima.
The members of the Taito Regional Commercial Association in Tokyo Metropolis and the Taito Branch of the Korean Youth League in Tokyo Metropolis handed over 800 garments donated by a Korean businessman to Koreans in the disaster-hit area.
The representatives of the Korean Youth League in Japan, the Korean Youth Commercial Association in Japan and the Korean Democratic Women's Union in Japan visited the Fukushima Korean senior high school and the Tohoku Korean senior high school to convey a large quantity of medical supplies and other materials to the Koreans and Japanese who took shelter there.
Upon its arrival on the spot, Chongryon's medical team provided brisk medical care, taking health checks for the Koreans sheltering in a school hostel.
Choe Sun Chang said: "Our compatriots have always taken sincere care of us, considering our pain as their own. This encouragement is leading to the single-minded unity of all of us and this has become a source of strength of compatriots and members of the Korean Youth League in Tohoku."
Ri Jong Sun, advisor to the Chuo Branch of the Korean Democratic Women's Union in Japan, was not able to lead a normal life due the damage done by the quake but has sincerely helped disaster-hit compatriots and Japanese inhabitants in the area.
"I have led a worthwhile life thanks to President Kim Il Sung and Chongryon. So, I will do what I can to help compatriots as well as Japanese neighbors at this time of need." She said this when distributing rice left at her house right after the massive earthquake and relief materials she had received among Mindan-lining compatriots and Japanese neighbors.
The Miyagi Prefectural Headquarters of the Emergency Measure Committee provided Japanese inhabitants with foodstuff Chongryon organizations and compatriots in various parts of Japan had prepared with sincerity at Yakiyama secondary school.
After the occurrence of the earthquake it distributed among hundreds of Japanese inhabitants near the school meals, including meat soup, rice-balls, Kimchi, milk, etc. prepared with the relief materials sent by organizations of Chongryon and compatriots in various parts of Japan.
Expressing thanks to this, Japanese including couple Sigeru Handa and Tomiko Nakano said: "We feel very grateful to Koreans for providing inhabitants in the region with food at this time of need. We have been encouraged by this help." They expressed thanks to Chongryon for its offer of meal.
After joining the Koreans in providing meals, Japanese inhabitants said: "It's nice to see Japan and Korea serve us together. Everybody smiles." Young compatriots had this to say: "We are the young people of the Chongryon organization. Let Koreans and Japanese citizens share food and pool efforts to reconstruct Miyagi."
The compatriots and Japanese inhabitants inspired by the rescue activities of Chongryon are turning out in the work for eradicating the aftermath of the earthquake, deepening the friendship.
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