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    More than 600,000 Koreans live in Japan and they are the subject of a fierce propaganda campaign being waged by the governments of both North and South Korea.

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    More than 600,000 Koreans live in Japan and they are the subject of a fierce propaganda campaign being waged by the governments of both North and South Korea.
    The propaganda war is being fought with millions of dollars (pounds sterling) worth of aid and facilities in an effort to win the allegiance of the Koreans in Japan.
    Until recently the struggle has mostly been in the North Koreans' favour. The North Korean government has channelled its aid into the Korean community the Japan through an organisation called Chosen Soren.
    The Chosen Soren runs more than 160 schools in Japan, including a university with an enrolment of more than 50,000 students. The group also controls more than 50 businesses and credit associations. Leaders of the Chosen Soren claim that they have the support of two-thirds f the Koreans living in Japan.
    But Shout Korea is attempting to win over some of the Chosen Soren supporters.
    Through its Tokyo based expatriated organisation, Mindan, the South Korean government has invited Chosen Soren members to fly to South Korea to visit their families and the graves of their relatives.
    Minda organisers claim that the "home visit programme", launched last September, has flown more than 2,000 pro-Chosen Soren Koreans to Seoul.
    The first of another group of 2,000 Chosen Soren members were flown to Seoul recently, on chartered flights.
    During their visit, scheduled to coincide with the Lunar New Year celebration, the Chosen Soren members will be shown examples of South Korea's social and economic achievements.
    Whether or not the home visit programme will woo some of the Japanese Koreans away form the Chosen Soren is not yet clear. But in any event the battle for theirs support will continue between the governments of the two Koreas.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA27QCJMDAMPTFEPX8VK6BYE9P6
    Media URN:
    VLVA27QCJMDAMPTFEPX8VK6BYE9P6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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