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Kanagawa considers aid for pro-North Korean schools

Kyodo

The Kanagawa Prefectural Government may institute tuition aid for students attending pro-Pyongyang Korean schools and other non-Japanese schools after assistance for the Korean schools was shelved earlier this year because North Korea conducted a nuclear test.

“We would like to ensure opportunities for students to receive education without being influenced by the international situation,” an official told the prefectural assembly.

The tuition assistance could be implemented by the next school year starting April 1.

The prefectural program to help pay for operating costs, such as personnel and teaching materials, for 10 schools, including five primarily serving students of North Korean nationality, would be abolished. Under the new plan, students would be eligible for up to ¥182,400 in aid per year based on parental income.

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