The General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) was formed
on May 25, Juche 44 (1955).
Chongryon, a powerful organization of overseas citizens
of the DPRK, has a close-knit system of organization, from the Central Standing
Committee down to the local prefectural headquarters, chapters and branches.
It has under its wing many organizations involving all
sections of society--youth, women, traders and industrialists, educators, men of
culture and religious men. It also has its own mass media, publishing houses, news
agency, scientific, art and sports organizations and economic and trade organs.
Chongryon publishes scores of periodicals and also
translates the works of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il and other
books, and newspapers into several languages for distribution to different
countries and regions throughout the world.
It has set up a well-organized educational system ranging
from kindergarten to university to provide a democratic, national education for
tens of thousands of sons and daughters of Koreans in Japan at hundreds of schools
at all levels.