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KAWASAKI — The Kawasaki Municipal Government said Sept. 4 that three Korean residents have passed examinations to become the city’s first foreign staff members.

The three — a man and woman, both 22, from South Korea, and a 23-year-old North Korean man — will be employed as general clerical staff starting April 1, 1998, city officials said. “I am thrilled,” said Chae Don Ja, the South Korean woman who passed the tests. “I had been preparing for the tests since graduating from school in March.” About 1,600 people, including eight foreigners, sat for municipal employment exams this year. The three Koreans were among 185 applicants who passed the exams.

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