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KUMAMOTO (Kyodo) The Kumamoto Municipal Government appealed a high court decision Wednesday that declared illegal the city’s reduction of property taxes on a building owned by a pro-North Korean organization, sending the case to the Supreme Court.

The Fukuoka High Court earlier this month ruled that the meeting hall owned by the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryun, does not benefit the public and therefore should not be eligible for a reduction or exemption of fixed property tax and other local taxes, as are facilities that serve the public.

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