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Memorial Service for Korean Victims Held in Japan
Tokyo, September 1 (KNS-KCNA) -- A memorial service was held by Korean compatriots in Tokyo on Monday, 91 years since the Japanese imperialists mercilessly murdered Koreans during the great Kanto quake. The service was held before the monument to Korean victims of great Kanto quake in Tokyo.

Present there were Pak Ku Ho, vice-chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), Hwang Myong, chairman of the Tokyo Metropolitan Headquarters of Chongryon, leading officials of organizations and enterprises of Chongryon, Chongryon officials and compatriots in Kanto and Japanese personages including the deputy representative of the Tokyo Ward Assemblymen's Liaison Society for the Promotion of Japan-Korea Friendship.

The participants observed a moment's silence in memory of the victims.

Hwang Myong in his memorial address said lots of Koreans were forcibly drafted to the alien land and met grievous deaths in the period of the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule and what is most unforgettable in the bitter history is the Japanese imperialists' massacres of Koreans during the great Kanto quake.

He went on:

Even though 91 years have passed since that time the Japanese authorities still cover up or turn their faces away from the historical fact of the massacres of Koreans, and are taking hostile stand to the DPRK and Chongryon and continuously resorting to suppression and human rights abuses against the Koreans in Japan.

The Japanese authorities should draw a due lesson from their policy of aggression and colonial rule in the past century, stop the national persecution and violation of rights of Chongryon and the Koreans in Japan and normalize as soon as possible the DPRK-Japan relations based on the proper liquidation of the past under the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration.

Speeches were made by Japanese personages and others.

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