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FUKUOKA (Kyodo) The Fukuoka High Court ruled Thursday that a facility owned by a pro-North Korea organization is not eligible for preferential tax treatment as the group’s work does not benefit the general public, reversing a lower court decision that recognized the public nature of Kumamoto Korean Hall.

It is the first judicial decision to halt a reduction or exemption of local taxes on halls affiliated with the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryun).

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