A permanent resident of Tokyo who refused to be fingerprinted in 1980 and triggered an antifingerprinting movement on the basis of discrimination, called on the Justice Ministry Tuesday to create a new law for ethnic Koreans that supersedes the Alien Registration Law.

Han Jong Souk, 68, a first-generation Korean resident of Shinjuku Ward, said that although Japan’s mandatory fingerprinting of all foreign residents will be abolished during the current Diet session, the basic principles behind the law that repress and discriminate against ethnic Koreans will not change.

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