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In April 2010 the Japanese government extended compulsory education to the high school level when it introduced the “Tuition Waiver and Tuition Support Fund Program for High School Education” (so-called “Tuition Waiver Program”). The program exempts tuition fees for students in Japanese public high schools and provides equivalent funds for students in private high schools.
It has been 7 years since the introduction of the “Tuition Waiver Program,” and Korean schools have been excluded. In the last 7 years, a total of 500 students graduated from high school without receiving the financial support they deserve. Japanese government has been denying Korean school students the equal access to post-secondary education.
To protest government-led discrimination, students, parents and community members filed a lawsuit in 5 cities (Tokyo, Aichi, Hiroshima, Osaka and Fukuoka) and they are on-going (see “News Update” page for more details ).
Total Damage Cost (2010-2016 academic years)
more than 1.5 billion yen (13.3 million USD)*
*118,000 yen (annual subsidy) x 1500 students x 4 academic years (2010-2013) + 178, 200 yen x 1500 x 3 academic years (2014-2016) = 1.509 billion yen
Today the amount of damage continues to grow as Japanese government has yet to overturn its exclusionary policy against Korean schools.
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We will make sure to deliver 100% of your donations to the students and report back to you annually!