Tag - chongryon



Japan Times
Dec 22, 2021
How Japan-North Korea relations changed under Kim Jong Un
Last Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marked 10 years in power. Recent observers have focused on nuclear weapons and diplomacy with South Korea and the United States, but there are under-discussed considerations related to Japan-North Korea ties.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 29, 2019
Japan's top court dismisses damages over exclusion of pro-North Korea schools from tuition waiver
The Supreme Court has dismissed a damages claim filed over the government's decision to exclude pro-Pyongyang Korean schools from its tuition-free program for high schools, upholding lower court rulings that found the policy lawful.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2018
Malicious descriptions about North and South Korean groups temporarily displayed on Google Maps
Malicious descriptions, such as one targeting the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, were displayed temporarily on Google Maps, it was learned Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 21, 2018
In first, five defectors in Japan sue North Korea for ¥500 million over rights abuses
Five North Korean defectors in Japan filed a suit in Tokyo on Monday demanding Pyongyang pay ¥500 million in damages over its alleged human rights abuses.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 23, 2018
Two men detained after firing shots at pro-North Korea group's Tokyo headquarters
The right-wing activists shot up the gate of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan at around 3:50 a.m. but no one was injured.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 16, 2018
ICC eyed to condemn North's '59-'84 repatriation program
Eiko Kawasaki, an ethnic Korean woman who spent 43 years in North Korea, announced a plan Friday to file a petition with the International Criminal Court to declare Pyongyang's postwar repatriation program a crime against humanity.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2017
Major Korean junior high school, cut off from Japan's tuition aid, to close in March
A major Korean junior high school in Osaka that had its funding cut off by the central and other governments will effectively close in March, school officials said.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2017
Chongryon to pay Hokkaido hut owner for damages on behalf of arrested North Korean crewmen
A pro-Pyongyang organization plans to pay for the property taken from a remote fishing hut on an island off Hokkaido on behalf of the North Korean fishermen who were arrested over the crime, a source said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 17, 2017
Tokyo police raid pro-North Korea insurer over alleged concealment of assets
The police raid a pro-Pyongyang insurer suspected of concealing assets to foil the debt-collection efforts of the state-backed Resolution and Collection Corp.
Apr 14, 2017
North Korean-run schools fall victim to Tokyo-Pyongyang tensions as funding dries up
As tensions between Tokyo and Pyongyang mount, prefectures begin cutting funding to North Korean-run schools in Japan under a new ministry directive.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 7, 2017
Pyongyang slams Osaka court ruling rejecting subsidies for Chongryon-backed schools
A North Korean organization on Monday rebuked a Japanese court's recent rejection of a lawsuit seeking nullification of a decision by local authorities not to pay subsidies to 10 Korean schools in Osaka Prefecture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 27, 2017
Osaka court rejects suit over halt in subsidies to pro-Chongryon schools
A district court rejected Thursday a lawsuit filed by the operator of 10 Korean schools in Osaka Prefecture seeking nullification of a decision by local authorities not to pay subsidies.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 15, 2016
LDP eyes wider re-entry ban on pro-North Korea officials after latest nuclear test
Amid heightened tensions, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is looking for ways to escalate unilateral sanctions against the hermit state.
Mar 26, 2016
Japan re-entry ban linked to Pyongyang grows to record 45 people
More than 20 people have been added to a list of people banned from re-entering the country after visiting North Korea, taking the total to a record 45, sources close to the matter said Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 14, 2016
Nearly two dozen pro-Pyongyang Koreans barred from Japan under new sanctions
Sanctions over Pyongyang's recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests have resulted in Tokyo banning 22 people from re-entering Japan after visiting North Korea, sources said Sunday.
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2016
Purported satellite launch draws angry reactions nationwide
North Korea's decision to launch what it claimed was a rocket Sunday despite international calls for restraint has raised tensions with Japan and sparked angry calls from around the nation.
Dec 10, 2015
Court finds son of pro-Pyongyang group chief guilty of importing North Korea mushrooms
The son of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan chief has been handed a suspended prison term for illegally importing mushrooms from North Korea.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 6, 2015
Police raid Chongryon office over alleged subsidy fraud
Police searched an office building Sunday in Hokkaido belonging to the pro-Pyongyang group Chongryon on suspicion that its affiliate companies swindled the government out of subsidies given to businesses for hiring unemployed job seekers.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 17, 2015
Chongryon chief's son pleads not guilty to importing 'matsutake' from North Korea
One of two men linked to the pro-Pyongyang group Chongryon have pleaded not guilty to illegally importing mushrooms from North Korea.
Jul 2, 2015
Chongryon adrift at sea as succession battle looms
A succession fight is brewing in Chongyron, but however it turns out, the organization's influence in Pyongyang is disappering.


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