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Three Osaka-based nongovernmental groups of ethnic Koreans united Saturday to meet the demands of a larger community, including South Korea-born newcomers and members getting Japanese nationality.

The merged entity, called the Korea NGO Center, was set up with such well-known figures as University of Tokyo professor Kang Sang Jung and writer Yong Sok Il as part of a roughly 80-member expert committee.

The group plans to apply to the Japanese government for status as an authorized nonprofit organization and build a network with other Korean communities overseas, members said.

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