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Comments in the Dec. 29 Kyodo article “Pro-North (Korea) schools to lose tuition waiver” are biased. Contrary to the picture painted in the media, the Chongryon schools are far more accessible than we are led to believe. Most Chongryon schools hold open days and joint events with local Japanese schools to promote mutual understanding. An interview with Chongryon school personnel would have made this article more impartial.

The comment suggesting that government officials cannot examine the content of the schools’ curricula follows the lines of government rhetoric, and misleads. The “contents” of all school curricula are not an issue in the tuition waiver program if the schools meet the four requirements of curriculum, teacher qualifications, facilities and management.

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