High Court Rejects Korean School Petition for Tuition Waiver


Osaka, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Overturning a lower court ruling, a Japanese high court rejected on Thursday a petition for canceling a government decision to exclude a pro-Pyongyang Korean high school in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, from its tuition-free program for high schools.

The government's decision "cannot be regarded as illegal," Osaka High Court Presiding Judge Yuzuru Takahashi said, turning down the claim by the operator of the Korean high school in Higashiosaka.

The latest ruling was the first judgment made by a high court on a series of similar lawsuits filed in five locations across Japan.

Similar claims were rejected by district courts in Hiroshima, western Japan, Tokyo, and Nagoya, central Japan. The Kokura branch of Fukuoka District Court, southwestern Japan, is slated to issue its ruling on a similar case in March next year.

The law on the tuition waiver program took effect in fiscal 2010 under the administration of the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan. After a change of government, the then education minister in February 2013 excluded Korean schools in Japan from the program.

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