(Sankei: February 18, 2016 – p. 5)
The government is working to urge municipalities to suspend subsidies to Korean schools affiliated with Chongryon (General Association of Korean Residents in Japan) as part of sanctions against North Korea, which carried out a nuclear program and a long-range missile launch, a source close to the matter disclosed on Feb. 17.
A senior official from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology explained at a meeting held by the Liberal Democratic Party’s Headquarters for North Korean Abductions that the ministry is considering sending such a notice to local governments. The details including the time and content of the letter are still under review, the person said.
The LDP demanded municipalities be strongly instructed or advised to suspend their subsidies to Korean schools in its sanctions proposal submitted to the government in June. (Abridged)