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Japan Urged to Redeem Its Past
Pyongyang, September 2 (KCNA) -- There took place a meeting of Japanese civic organizations in Tokyo on August 27 to demand Japan's apology and reparation for the war crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists and boost solidarity with Asian countries.

Present there were Koichi Ishizaka, co-representative and secretary general of the Liaison Council for Demanding Denuclearization and Peace in Northeast Asia and Normalization of the Relations between Japan and the DPRK, Nishizawa Kiyoshi, representative of the Tokyo Group for Probing Truth behind Forcible Drafting of Koreans, Kazuo Hasegawa, representative of the Liaison Council for Opposing Exclusion of Korean Schools from the Tuition-free Program for Senior High Schools, and other Japanese personages of various circles, officials of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, Son Hyong Gun, chairman of the Japanese Regional Committee of the Overseas Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, and citizens.

Speeches were made by personages of Japanese civic organizations.

They accused the Japanese government of denying its past history and refusing to make a formal apology and reparation for such crimes perpetrated by the Japanese imperialists as forcible drafting of Koreans and sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army.

A campaign demanding the immediate application of the tuition-free program to the Korean schools is gaining in scope and strength but it has not yet come true, they said, urging their government to accept it.

They evinced their resolution to seek Japan's apology and reparation for the Japanese imperialists' past war crimes and conduct dynamic solidarity activities to bring earlier the normalization of the relations between Japan and the DPRK and the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea based on the north-south joint declarations.

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