Spokesman Urges Japan to Stop Suppression of Chongryon
Japanese authorities mobilized dozens of the Osaka Prefectural riot police force
on Mar. 23 to search six places including the Osaka Prefectural Association of
Koreans in Commerce in Japan, shops run by Koreans and their dwelling houses on
the initiative of the public safety bereau of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. On
top of this, the Japanese authorities retracted the measure to exempt the
Central Hall, the hall of Tokyo Metropolitan headquarters and the press hall of
the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) from municipal
property tax and impounded them. And they intensified financial pressure to
disorganize Chongryon, scheming to totally withdraw the measure for exempting
all facilities related to Chongryon across the country from municipal property
tax of local autonomous bodies under the pretext of "strict application of
the existing law".
spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry in a statement on March 28 warned that
the DPRK will certainly take full stock of the suppression of Chongryon and
Korean residents in Japan that has systematically been perpetrated under the
direct manipulation of the Japanese government and strongly counter it. The
Japanese government is legally and morally obliged to ensure Chongryonfs
activities and protect the living of Koreans in Japan from the historical
viewpoint, the spokesman said.
statement continued as follows.
Japanese prime minister repeatedly clarified his stand to friendly treat the
Koreans in Japan so as not to discriminate them when adopting the DPRK-Japan
Pyongyang Declaration and on other occasions. The Japanese government, too,
reaffirmed this at the talks on the normalization of relations between the DPRK
and Japan held in Beijing early in February.
Japan, a so-called constitutional state, perpetrated fascist suppression of
Chongryon and Korean residents in Japan in a gangster-like way by setting state
power in motion while deliberately linking the already settled "abduction
issue" to Chongryon. It also tries to put pressure upon the DPRK. This is
really mean and ridiculous act. Chongryon is a legitimate overseas Koreans'
organization of the DPRK which defends all the democratic national rights of
Koreans in Japan and it plays the role of a diplomatic mission which promotes
friendship with the Japanese people, given that there is no diplomatic relations
between the two countries.
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