Chairman Han Duk Su of CHONGRYUN Passes Away  

Funeral Service for CHONGRYUN Leader Held


 

 

Han Duk Su, chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (CHONGRYUN) and a deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and a Labor Hero of the DPRK, died of pneumonia on Feb. 21, 2001 in Tokyo, Japan. He was 94 years of age.

 

Funeral Service for CHONGRYUN Leader Han Duk Su Held

Memorial Service Held in Pyongyang

A Brief Personal Record of Chairman Han Duk Su   

 

Funeral Service for CHONGRYUN Leader Han Duk Su Held

 

A funeral service for bidding farewell to the late Han Duk Su, chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryun) who was deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and a twice Labor Hero of the DPRK, was solemnly conducted as a Chongryun funeral service at the Korean Cultural Hall in Tokyo on March 3. Mr. Han Duk Su died of pneumonia on Feb. 21, 2001 in Tokyo at the age of 94.

Participating in the ceremony were So Man Sul, first vice-chairman of the C.S.C. of Chongryun who is chairman of the funeral committee, Ho Jong Man, its chief vice-chairman who is vice-chairman of the funeral committee, vice-chairmen of the C.S.C., Chongryun, and other members of the funeral committee, bereaved families, Chongryun officials, Korean compatriots, youth and students. Also present at the ceremony were Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK, who led the country’s mourners’ delegation, as well as Japanese people in various circles, and Tokyo-based diplomats from different countries.

The participants observed a moment’s silence in memory of the late Han Duk Su.

Ho Jong Man read a message of condolences from the S.P.A. Presidium and the Cabinet of the DPRK at the ceremony.

So Man Sul made a memorial address there. Saying “we are now bidding farewell to the late Han Duk Su with a profound grief and pain of loss,” So Man Sul mentioned that leader Kim Jong Il took closer to heart the death of the Chongryun leader than anyone else and showed warm care for him.

He said that Han Duk Su was truly loyal to President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il as well as he was a leader of Chongryun and the movement of Koreans in Japan who was reputed among figures of all circles and peoples of many countries, an outstanding statesman, a passionate poet and an excellent leader of the national artistic activities, a steadfast defender and disseminator of the idea and theory of Juche.

He stressed that Han Duk Su performed remarkable exploits and feats in many fields such as the realization of repatriation of Koreans from Japan to the DPRK, the safeguarding of their rights and interests, the movement for the reunification of Korea, and activities for friendship and solidarity with the Japanese people. “What we can never forget about his distinguished services to the Korean community in Japan is,” he added, “his particular contribution to the establishment of a systematic national education from elementary schools to a university in Japan.”

Then, Yang Hyong Sop made a condolatory address. Conveying the deep condolences to Chongryun and the bereaved families of Han Duk Su from leader Kim Jong Il, he stressed the greatest contribution that merits the highest appraisal was the founding of Chongryun, a true guardian for Koreans in Japan, in which he took the initiative upholding the original line set forth by Kim Il Sung.

Next, memorial addresses were made by Japanese callers of condolence including Yukio Hatoyama, leader of the Democratic Party, Takako Doi, head of the Social Democratic Party, Masaaki Nakayama, president of the Dietmen’s League for Japan-DPRK Friendship, and Motofumi Makieda, chairman of the Japan Committee for Supporting the Independent and Peaceful Reunification of Korea.

Chief mourner Han U Chol expressed thanks to all the participants and his resolution at the ceremony on behalf of the bereaved families.

 

Memorial Service Held in Pyongyang

 

According to the Korean Central News Agency, a memorial service was held on March 3 at the People’s Palace of Culture for the Chongryun leader. It was co-sponsored by the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly and the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland. A wreath sent by leader Kim Jong Il was seen in front of his photograph.

It was attended by senior Party and State officials, chairman of the friendly party, senior officials of government bodies and public organizations, working people from all walks of life in the capital city of Pyongyang, bereaved families and visiting officials of Chongryun and Koreans in Japan.

They paid silent tribute to the late Han Duk Su. Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the S.P.A., made a memorial address there. He said in his address, “The homeland will always remember Han Duk Su, an excellent revolutionary and a true son of the nation, and the precious exploits and feats performed by him for the era and the revolution will shine long along with the history of the country.”

 

A Brief Personal Record of Chairman Han Duk Su  

--Born on Feb. 18, 1907 at Dongho-dong, Ansim-myon, Kyongsang County, North Kyongsang Province, Korea, as the eldest son of Mr. Han Gi Man and Mrs. Jang Nae Gok.

--Left Korea for Japan in 1927 to study, entering a Japanese college while working.

--Got arrested and sentenced to two years in prison with a three-year stay of execution by the Japanese police on the charge of having organized a labor dispute among his fellow Korean laborers who had been under forced labor at the construction site of the Tanna Tunnel.

--Waged activities, in spite of repeated arrests and imprisonments, for the rights to live and dignity of the Korean compatriots during the Japanese colonial days which ended on Aug. 15, 1945.

--Served as a representative of a Kanto district association of Koreans and a member of the preparatory committee for the Federation of Korean Residents in Japan (CHORYON) after September 1945.

--Was elected director of the general affairs bureau, and later director of the cultural and educational affairs bureau of CHORYON which was founded in October 1945.

--Was elected co-chairman of CHORYON in 1947.

--Served the Fatherland Front Central Committee as its member since 1949, and as a member of its chairmen's group from 1957 up to February 2001.

--Strived to reorganize the Korean compatriots’ movement in Japan following Kim Il Sung's Juche-oriented line after 1952, including re-publishment of "Choson Sinbo" and resumption of the work of "Korean News Agency" based in Tokyo.

--Played a decisive role in forming the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (CHONGRYUN)--the DPRK's overseas Korean compatriots' organization truly representing their interests--on May 25, 1955.

 

 

 

--Has been the chairman of CHONGRYUN since then, concurrently rector, honorary rector of the Korean University in Tokyo and president of the CHONGRYUN Central Academy.

--Has been elected a deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly (Parliament) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea since 1967.

--Has been received exclusively by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il many times.

--Was awarded "Kim Il Sung Order" (three times), "Kim Il Sung Prize," the title of "Labor Hero of the DPRK" (two times), "Fatherland Reunification Prize," "First Class Order of National Flag" (ten times), "First Class Freedom and Independence Order,"     "DPRK's Anniversary Commemoration Order," "CHONGRYON Anniversary Commemoration Order," and the titles of academician, Ph.D., and professor.

 

In his congratulatory message addressed to Han Duk Su on the occasion of his 90th birthday, leader Kim Jong Il highly appraised the CHONGRYUN leader's achievements by describing him as "a valued veteran of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean revolution, a renowned activist of the overseas compatriots' movement, and a true patriot who formed CHONGRYUN by applying with credit the Juche-oriented thought on overseas compatriots' movements elucidated by President Kim Il Sung and upholding his leadership, and has dedicated his whole life to the prosperity of his fatherland and national reunification, and to the development of the Japan-resident Koreans' movement."   

  

 

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