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Students from a North Korean school in Sapporo cheer North Korea's Choe Un-song during the men's 1,500-meter speedskating event at the Asian Winter Games in Makomanai, Sapporo, on Monday.

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I wonder if some of them will try to avoid returning to North Korea either here or in Pyeongchang during the Olympics.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Well, if they are students in Sapporo, they don't have to "return".

12 ( +12 / -0 )

One thing I never fully understood. For a country that has had its people kidnapped to permit North Korean schools inside Japan. You could also compliment the Japanese for permitting these schools despite the terrorism committed by North Korea.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

Well they'd get a BOOO from me.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Despite most of the smiles, these are essentially child abuse victims who probably had little choice but to appear in public to cheer on North Korea. It's obviously an interesting photo but I wonder if blurring the children's faces might be the decent thing to do.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Well they'd get a BOOO from me.

Hate the regime - and the morally bankrupt and evil Kim monarchy - not the athletes nor the kids cheering for their idols.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Shouldn't the caption read (for the sake of clarity):

Japanese students of Korean descent from a school in Sapporo affiliated with a national support group (politically aligned with North Korean) for Koreans cheer North Korea’s Choe Un-song during the men’s 1,500-meter speedskating event at the Asian Winter Games in Makomanai, Sapporo, on Monday.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Looks like kids being kids.

To tell the truth, I want a holiday from reading troubling subtexts in everything I see. Like the other commentators, unfortunately I still see the subtexts.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I wonder if the little boy in front with the yellow collar will have his relatives back in the DPRK sent to a multi-generational slave-labor gulag prison because he is not smiling and cheering?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

There is a North Korean school in Sapporo? How does that work?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Refreshing to see that as @inkochi stated, "Kids are kids . . . " despite the despicable regime in their country.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

@wakaru There is a North Korean school in Sapporo? How does that work?

It's complicated, and should be another reminder of the problems resulting from colonialism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chongryon

2 ( +3 / -1 )

The wiki is not correct. During the Korean war, many Koreans illegally entered Japan.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

@tinaw The wiki is not correct. During the Korean war, many Koreans illegally entered Japan.

If you think the info is wrong, find a source that proves your point and enter it on the wiki page. And if you're wrong, someone can correct what you've posted.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

PTownsend

There is no evidence of the accusation that Koreans were forced to taken from Korea to Japan. Any famous Koreans in Japan say in their personal stories that their parents came to Japan for better lives.

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