Japan to Fund North Korean Cult Schools


The Japanese government has announced it intends to pay for the dozens of North Korean schools operating in Japan; critics contend such “schools” are little more than brainwashing centres run by the North Korean government, teaching academically worthless anti-Japanese curricula and slavish obedience to the Dear Leader.

Prime Minister Hatoyama has made statements supporting the inclusion of the schools in the planned abolition of high school tuition fees. Previously they had been excluded from this and similar legislation for being beyond the pale even for Japan.

The schools (Chousen Gakkou / 朝鮮学校) are operated directly by the “Chongryon,” Japan’s North Korean residents’ group, itself directly operated and funded by the North Korean government. Members are part of the “Dear Leader” Stalinist personality cult centred on the Kim dynasty in North Korea.


“There’s nothing special about our school.”

Portraits of the Kims oversee the students at every turn, and anti-Japanese teachings are routine. Korean is the language of instruction and Japanese is taught only as a foreign language.

Over a third of the curriculum centres on “cultural studies,” which involves teaching the infallibility of the Dear Leader and the Juche ideology – critics contend that the standard of education is remedial by Japanese standards as a result, with graduates emerging unable to function in Japanese society.

Teachers possess no teaching qualifications save those given out by North Korean operated institutions, and students mostly find employment with Korean companies or further education at the North Korean operated “Korea University” in Kyushu.

The numbers attending these schools have plummeted over the years, from some 50,000 in the 1970s to a mere 10,000 today, though they still retain the same ideological fervour and outright hostility to Japan and America.


The Chongryon itself opposes Korean integration as Japanese citizens or otherwise, and is generally regarded as a political and economic tool of the North Korean state – in addition to propaganda organisations, it operates a variety of businesses, most notably many of the nation’s pachinko parlours. Critics say a key function is as a foreign currency earner for the Kims.

The schools at issue are exclusively North Korean and should not be confused as being involved with Korea proper – there are a few South Korean “international” schools in Japan, which are not associated with extreme teachings.

Most Koreans resident in Japan associate themselves with the south and maintain completely separate organisations from the North Korean affiliated residents – relations between the two sides are as icy as those on the peninsular.

The Democratic Party of Japan are generally reviled by right-wingers for being in the thrall of foreigners (specifically the Chinese and, especially, Japan’s large population of Koreans), a reputation which it does not seem will be leaving them any time soon.

Some arithmetic from a Japanese “Korean school” textbook:


“There were 10 Japanese but 5 were killed. How many wicked Japanese are currently fleeing?”

Soon to be courtesy of the Japanese government.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People should just all go to the same schools as everyone else instead of making special schools for students of a different language.

    It's just begging for trouble.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh, I don't know how accurate this depiction of NK schools are; I imagine they aren't wonderful, but this is pretty exaggerated, isn't it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    5 die, 5 run, 1 reincarnates as a locust which fathers a brood that lays waste to all of north koreas agriculture leading to a death by starvation and forcing them to resort to cannibalism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:30 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only to subsidised by aid coming straight from your tax paying pockets.

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    Comment by Shirakawa
    06:37 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Recently, a former agent for Dear Leader opened up about the things he'd be sent out to buy in other countries and send back to him. American cars, airplanes, gold plated guns. I suppose this gives the students of those schools an unfair advantage of those learning at home. Or was it that before this they were being treated unfairly having to pay for tuition to learn in Japan the same thing they could be learning back home? I know war misplaced people, but it's not like they can't be given the opportunity to return to their precious motherland. I'm sure they're missing all the comforts of home.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously Japan, what the fuck?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Setting aside the North Korean
    brainwash^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H indoctrination^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H
    cultural school(s) involved,

    consider the effect on Japanese schools. The money previously supplied by the tuitions will have to come from elsewhere -- presumably general taxes.

    I suspect this is a move to centralize power and control over the Japanese school system. The central government can blackmail the schools into doing what they demand; if the schools refuse, they can reduce or eliminate those tax funds.

    That's what happened in the U.S. when the Federal 55-mile-per-hour speed limit was established. States which didn't enforce the law (and there about ten or fifteen which did not) got their Federal road-building money withheld.

    "Gee, that's a really nice school ya got there. It'd be a shame if the paperwork which is required for you to get your tax money had something *happen* to it..."

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    07:55 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ............. What kind of idiocy is this!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    South Koreans don't think that North Koreans are horrible people... We think their LEADERS are terrible people. The South Korean Government supports fleeing North Koreans and we treat them with respect.

    I met a North Korean guy in a "bath house" in Korea and we immediately knew he was North Korean by his accent. People talked to him and treated him nicely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I met a North Korean guy in a "bath house" in Korea and we immediately knew he was North Korean by his accent."

    He is likely from the Chaoxian people (Koreans who live in China).

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 11/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No North Korea and South Korea's language does differ in some ways and one can figure it out by his accent or word choice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japs are really stupid to allow this.
    It's like Israel would allow German Nazis something like this.

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    Comment by John Beak
    03:32 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't get it wrong - all governments brainwash their citizens through schools. It's just that your government has reveled that their politically opposing countries do it. But from the other country's point of view, it's nothing but same.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are five north koreans, 3 are sucking on Dear Leader's tiny cock, how long until they all die of starvation??

    Dear Leader:

    If Jigsaw existed, I'd see to it you'd get yours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Last time I was in Japan, it was a free country. You are free to be an idiot if you want to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:34 13/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Way to take the comment literally moron. There are a fuckton of things you can't do even in a "free" country. That and while governments nowadays have been more liberal then they ever have been in history, shit like this that is detrimental to national interests/security and detrimental to just about everyone with no intangible benefits is a no-go.

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    Comment by Shigure
    10:07 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    government isn't supposed to help you be an idiot though

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Myballz
    05:34 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Teaching North Koreans to hate Japanese wonderful idea!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am assuming all attendants of these schools are North Korean descendants?, otherwise I find it hard to fathom the idea of Japan [or any sovereign nation] allowing another nation that sees them as enemies to open up schools in their own territory to indoctrinate the Japanese youth [what little there is] into self inflicted slavery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 13/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its still a hard thing to fathom regardless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 13/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I could understand hostility towards America, but Japan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 13/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know nothing about the history of either Japan or Korea, do you? Fucking moron.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    05:22 13/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe a Japanese schoolboy might run into one of those NK schoolgirls and have his way with her...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 13/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There were 10 million North Koreans starving but 5 million of them died. How many North Koreans are currently starving?

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    05:20 13/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember when Korean schoolgirls over there used to wear hanbok uniforms before angry Japanese guys cut them up and they changed to OL-style clothes?

    They were cuter then!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 14/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF? YAH, help your enemies and train their future comrades?!
    The Democratic Party of Japan is really driving Japan to the ground. First with China, now NK. It ain't even funny, it's so stupid, I could cry.

    Things like this, I'm very disappointed in Japan for dragging down what used to be the envy of the world. Japan have such an amazing culture with rich history and traditions and customs. Even in the modern age, Japan spearheaded itself to be among the best nations in the world is so admirable.

    But recently, Japan been hit with all kinds of problems:

    1) An aging population
    2) less-determined and -driven youths, like the past when All of Japan wished and worked for a prosperous future, Lifting Japan from poverty and ruined during the post-WW2 period.
    3) passive, not aggressive enough, especially when dealing with the Bullies of East Asia, China, North and South Korea, in certain disputes.

    I always had such an admiration for Japan. Not just the great gadgets, electronics, the automobiles, and video games/anime/manga culture, like that of Sony, Sharp, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Dragon-ball, Slam Dunk, bleach, Naruto,etc. but Been a huge fan of it's rich, cultivated history and culture: the samurais and ninja warriors, the martial arts, the bushido code, the buddhist temples and shinto shrines, the cuisine, the ikebana, the performing arts, the traditional clothing,etc. (you get my point).

    Also, I'd always been fond of the Japanese way of life and Japanese society.
    though I had heard otherwise, negative comments about it, but generally I still very much like it so.

    other than the technological aspects, Japan been a major player in almost all fields it partake. Especially it's high quality products and craft.

    - Beginning in the early 1960's(?), japan started manufacturing guitars, within a decade or so, it well known for it's high quality @ cheap prices compared to American guitar manufacturers, even today.
    I.E. Ibanez, Takamine, ESP, Fernandes,etc.

    - Not just that, but in all fields in manufacturing, Japanese companies hold a spot, in some cases several, in the world best list.

    -in the rarer and less mentioned, Japan also manufactured well known, high quality firearms and weaponry. companies like Howa, Mitsuibishi, and sumitomo heavy industries, as well as Miroku and Minebea.
    until the 1978 weapons-export ban, Howa version of the AR-18, Miroku's Browning replicas are well known for their high quality and reliability.
    Even during WW2, the Mitsubishi Zero fighter plane are feared and the Arisaka rifles are quite reliable.

    To sum it up, I loved Japan and Japanese ingenuity, it's way of adapting and perfecting any imported ideas that came it's way.

    Sad to see Japan in such a situation.
    And the way Japan been bullied by the world, US, Australia, China and The Koreas, kinda make u think if Imperial Japan still exist, would they keep quiet? If only samurai still exist...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Imperial Japan is one of the classic models of incompetent government, so I think they would have fared even worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just that with Imperial Japan, there would not be a North Korea, but a Japanese-controlled Korea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 15/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Er, no. Imperial Japan would lose its control over its own military, which would then also start wars with China, South Korea and the US, fuelled by nationalism and xenophobia promoted by the government itself and lack of realism due in part to not having a proper government in control any more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 26/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ㅆㅂ 뭐야?

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    Comment by cooldown3
    00:23 13/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have read all of the posts so far and I am amazed at the wide range of insightful comments.

    I would add a few comments myself.

    If everyone in governments worldwide always held a view of "tit for tat" visa vie international relations there would never be any forward movement. There would never peace achieved.

    All individuals , everywhere, want the same things. Peace, freedoms [as far as they can be inagined in repressive regiems] a good job, family, enough to eat are wishes common to every culture.

    I look to Ghandi for leadership in this endeavor[his memory]. You cannot force freedom on someone who does not desire it. Like faith, you cannot get it from anyone. It must built from the inside.

    What one can do is Wear ones' faith, freedom, rights, in a way that inspires others to want it too.

    North Korean government has not evolved into a force which cares for it's residents. As a result they are living in dire poverty and fearful of everyone as near as I can tell.

    To facilitate growth one must have some contace but be wary as they will not treat international relationships any better than they treat their own people.

    Summary, good people led by bad government.



    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least, the japaneses on internet are on rage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even in Soviet Russia there never was such fucked up textbooks, товарищи.

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    Comment by 国之常 さくら
    18:57 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kim Jong-il must pay those tuition instead of manufacturing crappy missiles.
    But then there's the fact that north korean school teaching anti japan thought should be considered as vestibule school for agent toward Japan.
    Consequently their school have to be not qualified to run their school for free. It's just wasting of severe tax.

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    Comment by 国之常 さくら
    18:43 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kim Jong-il must pay those tuition instead of manufacturing crappy missiles.
    But then there's the fact that north korean school teaching anti japan thought should be considered as vestibule school for agent toward Japan.
    Consequently their school have to be not qualified to run their school for free. It's just wasting of severe tax.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is DPJ.
    They will give right to vote.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:32 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still better than LDP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 11/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    there actually a bomb in these school...if they plan to do anything funny they blow them up,or take them as hostage...


    keikaku doori.... ( -_-)b

    18:45 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They plan on having Section 9 and armed Tachikoma's patrol the schools.
    At the first sign of any violence orders are to kill everything that moves.

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    Comment by DFC
    22:51 11/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese sure hate themselves enough to pay people to hate themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 11/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dear Leader contends that imperial pigs of Japan need not show their worth towards the evil of capitalism and in hopes of unifying solidarity with our neighbors, we will rest Eternal President Kim il Sung's ideology of juche on your minds that have been corrupted by the West by materialism and Jersey Shore.

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    22:30 11/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    School what school? that is not a school,that is a slave creator. Can't believe Japan tolerate this kind of.....never mind

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    Comment by fxc2
    00:43 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha why didn't I have that kind of math in my books? Would've stopped me from sleeping all the lessons at least.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    00:57 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would have loled so hard if my textbook had

    "10 terrorists were killed in a shock and awe campaign out of 20. How many remain?"

    Me being a smartass, I would have probably answered

    "None, they're all civilians."

    Class would be so much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:36 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is becoming more and more like America, I see

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And why is that?

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:35 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I assume there is some hidden ulterior motive for Japan to do this. But anyway, if the article is saying the truth, then what kind of idiot you need to be to join such a school? You gotta be a complete wuss if you want some "leader" telling you what is right and wrong, without asking your opinion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's other parties that benefits from the funding of Chosen Soren schools: the pro-NK 'Japanese Socialist Party' and other mid-size Japanese businesses willing to trade with North Korea legally.

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    Comment by An Otaku's Opiate
    03:16 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's a large population of non-citizen ethnic Koreans in Japan whose families still hold true to the governments back home, whether it be the Republic or the DPRK.

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    Comment by rikarika
    22:09 11/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, at least it's dozens.
    In my country, the government funds HUNDREDS of Catholic private schools, teaching academically worthless anti-progress curricula and slavish obedience to God.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 12/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well tbf and this shit happens in my country too but those catholic private schools aren't exactly what you would call "extremist" teachings and most do turn out ok as well as many that go simply because public schools suck.

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