Japan Top Court Nixes Korean School Petition over Tuition Waiver

Politics Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Supreme Court has dismissed a damages claim filed over the Japanese 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.

The top court's Third Petty Bench, presided over by Justice Toshimitsu Yamasaki, turned down the appeal demanding damages of 100,000 yen per plaintiff, filed by 61 alumni of a Korean junior and senior high school in Tokyo's Kita Ward. The final judgment on the case was made on Tuesday.

The ruling was the first handed down by the top court among five lawsuits filed against the government policy. The latest judgment is expected to affect the course of the four ongoing lawsuits.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs protested the decision, saying that the judicial branch has abandoned its responsibility.

On the case, Tokyo District Court and Tokyo High Court found that the exclusion of Korean schools, with close relationships with the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, from the tuition waiver program was legal.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press