Tuesday, April 23, 2013

No Security Alarms for Children Who Need Them Most: Cartoon by Ichi-Hana-Hana

The Education Board of Machida City, Tokyo, did not provide the Korean Elementary School in the city with security alarms that are given or leased every year to the newly enrolled children of elementary schools. (Alarms are given to those going to public schools and leased free of charge to those going to private schools according to the request by the school.) The board explained that the decision was made taking into account the recent situation surrounding North Korea, but repealed it after receiving more than 500 phone calls, faxes and e-mails from citizens in protest. Following the Abe administration's decision to exclude Korean Schools from tuition-free system for high schools, many local governments suspended subsidies for Korean Schools. Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, suspended the subsidy and distributed books written by family members of a victim of abduction by North Korea to the students of Korean Schools. 
(Machida Education Board is written on the face of the man in the center. The man and woman on the right are shouting "Kick them out!" and "Hung yourselves!" The sign held by the man says "Kill Koreans." )


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