Court rejects Korean school petition for tuition waiver
Jiji -- Jul 20
Hiroshima District Court rejected Wednesday a petition calling for the reversal of a Japanese government decision to exclude a Korean school from its tuition-free high school education program.

In the lawsuit, the operator of Hiroshima Korean School, based in the western Japan city of Hiroshima, and 109 people including alumni also saw their demand for about 56 million yen in damages turned down by the court.

The plaintiffs plan to appeal the ruling.

The ruling was the first on a series of similar lawsuits, also filed in four other locations.

Under a government program launched in 2010, public high school students are exempt from tuition fees, while private high school students receive financial aid to make tuition effectively free, though with caps reflecting family income.

News source: Jiji
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