The government will urge municipalities that provide tax breaks for pro-North Korean group facilities to consider whether such preferential treatment is appropriate, Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said Friday.

The government’s chief spokesman made the remark after the Fukuoka High Court on Thursday nullified the Kumamoto Municipal Government’s preferential tax treatment for a hall affiliated with the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryun). The court said in reversing a lower court ruling that the group’s activities do not benefit the general public.

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