KIM JONG UN
LET US USHER IN A NEW GOLDEN AGE OF THE MOVEMENT OF KOREANS IN JAPAN TRUE TO THE INTENTION OF THE GREAT COMRADE KIM JONG IL
Letter to Chongryon and Koreans Resident in Japan on the Occasion of the 60 Anniversary of Chongryon’s Founding
May 25, Juche 104 (2015)
am delighted that Chongryon (General Association of the Korean
Residents in Japan) is greeting the 60th anniversary of its founding in
the stirring period when a dynamic struggle is being waged to celebrate
as grand national events the 70th anniversaries of national liberation
and the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
On the occasion of
this anniversary, I extend warm congratulations and compatriotic
greetings to the officials of Chongryon including Chairman Ho Jong Man,
and to all our other compatriots in Japan.
Chongryon is a prestigious
organization of overseas citizens of our Republic, which the great
Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il formed and led.
The proud road
travelled by Chongryon bears the imprints of the wise guidance and
painstaking efforts of the great leaders, who strengthened and developed
Chongryon into a Juche-based overseas compatriots’ organization that
represents the rights and interests of all Koreans resident in Japan.
great Comrade Kim Il Sung was the pioneer of the overseas compatriots’
movement in the era of independence, the founder of Chongryon and the
saviour and benevolent father of the Koreans resident in Japan.
insight into the actual situation of the movement of Koreans in Japan,
which was vacillating at a crossroads between rise and fall and
searching for the correct path, the President saved the movement from
its crisis by advancing a wise policy on changing its line, and had
Chongryon, the first-ever Juche-based overseas compatriots’
organization, formed. He indicated the road ahead of Chongryon at every
stage of the development of the movement of Koreans in Japan, and with
great affection led the organization and the Koreans resident in Japan
along a road resplendent with glory.
The great Comrade Kim Jong
Il was an outstanding leader who, true to the President’s great idea,
developed Chongryon into a vanguard patriotic movement, into a model of
patriotic loyalty to the motherland and into a model overseas
compatriots’ movement. He was also the saviour of the destiny of
Chongryon and of the Koreans resident in Japan.
He built up the ranks
of Chongryon officials to be single-hearted in their unity and strong
in their ideology and faith, and defended the organization with the
might of Songun. Regarding Chongryon as part of the socialist country
and the Koreans resident in Japan as his own flesh and blood, he ensured
that even in the most difficult days, when the country was undergoing
the Arduous March, material and spiritual assistance was rendered
unsparingly for the development of national education by Chongryon, of
the dignity of the Koreans resident in Japan and of their stable life.
Thanks to his trust and warm affection, Chongryon could demonstrate to
the world its pride in being a model overseas compatriots’ organization.
the 60 years of Chongryon is a brilliant history of the idea of the
Juche-based overseas compatriots’ movement put forward by the great
leaders and their wise guidance, and a history adorned with legendary
tales of their ennobling love for the nation and their overseas
Under the wise guidance of the peerlessly great men of
Mt. Paektu and enjoying their affection, Chongryon has over the past six
decades travelled a glorious road of development, and performed great
exploits for the motherland and the nation.
Sharing its destiny with
the great leaders and the motherland, it has developed invincible ranks
that fully demonstrate its might of single-hearted unity. In the
crucible of the struggle to establish the ideological and leadership
system of Juche, it has become a truly Juche-based, patriotic
organization that regards believing in and following only the great
leaders and realizing their intentions and wishes as its inherent duty.
Today, as a powerful body that has been rallied organizationally and
ideologically based on the great Juche idea and that has struck deep
root among the broad sections of the masses of the Koreans resident in
Japan, it is forcefully promoting the movement of Koreans in Japan. This
is a proud, genuine feature of Chongryon.
Chongryon is demonstrating
its might as an able organization which is invariably carrying forward
the baton of patriotic work. In the face of difficult conditions in an
alien land, it is bringing up the children of the Korean compatriots as
true patriots through its well-knit national education network ranging
from primary school to university, and has trained the hard core of the
masses of Korean compatriots of the new generation, including the core
youth and businesspeople who will add brilliance to the history of the
movement of Koreans in Japan and who are resolutely carrying on the
lineage of patriotic devotion. This is a pride of Chongryon and a source
of its might.
Chongryon has rendered an active contribution to the
sacred cause of achieving the prosperity of the socialist DPRK and the
reunification of the nation. Its officials and our other compatriots in
Japan have performed distinguished service for the prosperity of their
motherland out of ardent patriotism, breathing the same air and keeping
step with the people in their homeland. With confidence in the justness
of the policies of our Party and the government of the Republic on
national reunification, Chongryon has done its best to implement them
and contributed to cementing solidarity with the people of Japan and the
rest of the world and raising the international profile of the
Our Party and the government of the Republic feel great
pride in having Chongryon, a patriotic overseas compatriots’
organization that is boundlessly faithful to its leaders, the homeland
and the nation.
Availing myself of this opportunity, I pay tribute
to the Chongryon officials of the older generations, including Han Tok
Su, and the other patriotic compatriots who dedicated their lives to
holding the great leaders in high esteem, organizing Chongryon and
strengthening the movement of Koreans in Japan, and extend warm thanks
to all the officials of Chongryon and other Korean compatriots in Japan
who are devoting all their energies and zeal to accomplishing
Chongryon’s patriotic cause without thought of any personal fame or
Chongryon and our Korean compatriots in Japan are now faced
with the honourable task of adding glory to the immortal exploits of the
great leaders and bringing about a new upsurge in the movement of
Koreans in Japan by keeping step with the people in the homeland on a
general onward march.
Chongryon should carry out all its
undertakings thoroughly as intended and desired by the great leaders,
and usher in a new golden age of the movement of Koreans in Japan, true
to the General’s instructions.
It should strengthen and develop
itself as befits a powerful, Juche-based overseas compatriots’ body that
shines with the august names of the peerlessly great men of Mt.Paektu.
should pay primary attention to establishing the ideological and
leadership system of Juche across its organizations and carry on this
work without letup.
It should hold the great Comrades Kim Il
Sung and Kim Jong Il in high esteem forever, and staunchly defend and
add eternal brilliance to their idea of building up Chongryon and to
their undying leadership exploits. It should take their ideology and
achievements as an eternal guideline for the movement of Koreans in
Japan, and thoroughly implement the instructions they gave to Chongryon
and to the compatriots in Japan.
It should continue to give priority to consolidating the single-hearted unity of its ranks in every way.
the organizations and officials of Chongryon, regarding this unity as
the great foundation of the movement of Koreans in Japan, should rally
around the central leadership with one mind and purpose, and accomplish
its patriotic cause, which was launched through comradely unity, by dint
of comradeship. Its organizations should always remember that the
single-hearted unity of the ranks of Chongryon and the warm affection
shared by the compatriots are a source of its might and represent a new
golden age of the movement of Koreans in Japan, and make every possible
effort to establish rock-solid unity among the masses of the
It is important to conduct more dynamically information
and education work aimed at giving full play to the spiritual strength
of Chongryon officials and our other compatriots.
concentrate its efforts on educating its officials and our other
compatriots in the greatness of the great leaders and Kim Jong Il’s
patriotism, and make constant efforts to inculcate in them the
Korean-nation-first spirit and the history and traditions of the
movement of Koreans in Japan. In accordance with the present situation,
it should intensify education in faith so that all its officials and
other compatriots, including the new generation, will steadily follow
the road travelled by the preceding generations, cherishing a firm
belief in the invincibility of their socialist motherland and the
validity of the patriotic cause of Chongryon.
In line with the
demands and conditions of the prevailing situation, Chongryon should
establish a well-knit information and education system and make
strenuous efforts constantly to create new and effective forms and
methods of information and motivation work. The mass media, including
Joson Sinbo, should increase their appeal by writing and editing
articles in a way suited to the characteristics and preparedness of the
readers. The Kumgangsan Opera Troupe and the song and dance troupes in
local areas should, as befit Juche-based overseas Korean national art
groups developed under the guidance of the leaders, conduct brisk
artistic activities suited to the emotional and psychological
characteristics of the compatriots so as to implant the soul of the
Korean nation deeply in them and ignite their patriotic enthusiasm.
should build its subordinate organizations into powerful, patriotic
ones which have taken deep root among the masses of the compatriots.
should strengthen its chapters, branches and other grass-roots
organizations into reliable buttresses infused with love for the
homeland and nation. It should direct its efforts to solidifying its
chapters, the regional bases of the movement of Koreans in Japan. It
should also inspire its branches, the basic units of the compatriots, so
that every place where Koreans live brims over with harmony, unity and
love for the country and nation.
Chongryon organizations and
affiliates at all levels should conduct powerful mass political work
among the compatriots to rally them in larger numbers. By doing so, it
can consolidate and continuously expand the mass foundations of the
movement of Koreans in Japan. Adhering to the mass line in all its work,
Chongryon should give top and absolute priority to improving the lives
of the compatriots and defending and guaranteeing their interests, and
solve all problems by relying on their patriotic enthusiasm and
In order to expand and strengthen its patriotic motive
force, Chongryon should channel all its efforts into a campaign to win
back the compatriots while promoting it in close combination with
various movements to develop national culture, mass-based sports
activities, campaigns to defend Koreans’ rights, and service and welfare
activities. By doing so, it can develop the campaign to win back the
compatriots into a powerful one that is advanced by the efforts of
Koreans, its master.
It should continue to direct strenuous efforts
to championing the democratic national rights and interests of the
Koreans resident in Japan and to developing national education, work
with the young people of the new generation and work with
Defending and guaranteeing the democratic national
rights and interests of the Koreans resident in Japan is the basic
mission and duty of Chongryon. Chongryon should make positive efforts to
safeguard and expand all the rights our compatriots are entitled to as
overseas citizens of a sovereign state, such as the rights to be
educated, conduct business and travel freely to their motherland, and
staunchly resist all discriminatory measures and inhumane acts that
infringe upon their rights and interests.
National education is
something Chongryon should invariably hold fast to as one of its central
tasks. It should direct its main efforts to establishing the Juche
orientation in its educational work and thus imparting love for the
country and national identity, while improving the contents and methods
of education as appropriate to the era of the knowledge-based economy,
thus giving play to the advantages and vitality of democratic national
education. Korea University should steadily raise the level of its
education as befits a base for training able personnel for Chongryon,
and thus bring up its students into genuine patriots and able
specialists. By doing so, it can exalt its authority and fame as the
dignified university of the Republic’s overseas citizens.
present situation when the younger generation is emerging as the leading
force of the patriotic movement of Chongryon, the future of the
movement of Koreans in Japan depends on how these young people are
brought up. Chongryon should train them into reliable successors who
will invariably, whatever the trials, carry forward the cause of
Chongryon, a patriotic legacy bequeathed by the great leaders. The
Korean Youth League in Japan, the Association of Korean Young Men of
Commerce in Japan and the Union of Korean Students in Japan should add
brilliance to the priceless inheritance bequeathed to them by the
preceding generations and lead the young Korean compatriots always to
live honourably, keeping in mind that they are Koreans by origin. The
Union of Democratic Korean Women in Japan should intensify its work with
the women compatriots of the younger generation so that they preserve
the national identity of the Korean community and carry forward the
proud tradition of turning one of the wheels of the patriotic movement
Businesspeople, a basic section of the masses under
Chongryon and the main force in the movement of Koreans in Japan, should
be actively enlisted in the patriotic work of Chongryon. The Federation
of Korean Men of Commerce in Japan and other business organizations
should protect and render wholehearted assistance to the compatriots in
their commercial and business activities, and thus ensure that they work
with great vigour.
By helping to hasten the prosperity and
development of their socialist motherland and national reunification,
Chongryon and our compatriots in Japan should perform the mission and
patriotic duty they have assumed before the country and the nation.
They should devote their patriotic efforts to the sacred cause of achieving the prosperity of their socialist motherland.
destiny of our overseas compatriots is linked with that of their
motherland; when their motherland becomes strong, the prestige of their
organizations and of they themselves is enhanced. Chongryon officials
and our compatriots in Japan should champion the dignity and prestige of
their socialist motherland in every way possible, and contribute to
building a thriving socialist nation, those with strength dedicating
their strength, those with knowledge devoting their knowledge and those
with money donating their money.
They should uphold the three
charters for national reunification, the June 15 Joint Declaration and
the October 4 Declaration, and wage the national reunification movement
dynamically. Chongryon should strengthen national unity with Koreans
affiliated with Mindan (pro-south Korean Federation of Korean Residents
in Japan), and support and encourage the just struggle of their fellow
countrymen in south Korea for independence, democracy and national
Based on the ideals of independence, peace and
friendship, Chongryon should develop friendly ties with progressive
people from various strata and other people in Japan so as to create on
its own initiative an environment and conditions favourable for its work
and the movement of Koreans in Japan and help promote DPRK-Japan
For the moment, in ushering in a new golden age of the
movement of Koreans in Japan, Chongryon should establish a
well-regulated system for its work and improve its guidance methods in
keeping with the changed situation and environment.
Committee of Chongryon should, on the principle of democratic
centralism, consistently carry out the tasks it has discussed and
decided on, and intensify its unified guidance over its subordinate
organizations, affiliates and other organs at all levels to ensure that
they work in a lively manner and fulfil all their tasks. The prefectural
headquarters of Chongryon should establish proper discipline and order
so that they carry out the decisions and directives of the Central
Committee by relying on the collective wisdom, and discharge their
responsibilities and perform their role as regional leadership units of
the movement of Koreans in Japan. The central leadership bodies of the
affiliates and other organs of Chongryon should establish a
well-regulated system of working in line with their characteristics, and
bring guidance and assistance closer to their subordinate units so that
they perform with credit the patriotic work in their respective fields.
It is important to improve the work methods as demanded by the
actual situation of Chongryon and the realities of the Korean community.
By means of innovative insight, a fresh style of work and seasoned
and experienced methods of work, Chongryon’s organizations, affiliates
and other organs at all levels should create a new spirit, a new feature
of the movement of Koreans in Japan that is advancing full of vigour
Whether a new golden age of the movement of Koreans in Japan is ushered in or not depends on the role of Chongryon officials.
officials, regarding the instructions of the great leaders as
guidelines in their work and life, should always go among the masses of
the compatriots and become organizers and motivators who share good
times and bad with them, and enlist their spiritual strength.
Maintaining the compatriots-first principle, they should display the
spirit of boundless devotion and self-sacrifice in working for the
national rights and happy future of their compatriots in Japan, who will
thus regard Chongryon as their mother’s embrace and sincerely trust,
love and rely on it.
Chongryon is part of the socialist DPRK and the
Koreans resident in Japan are brothers and sisters and family members
of the motherland.
Our Party and the government of the Republic will
take care, on its own responsibility, of the destiny and future of
Chongryon, which the great President and General bequeathed, and of the
Koreans resident in Japan, and do their best for the development of the
movement of Koreans in Japan.
I firmly believe that Chongryon
officials and all other Korean compatriots in Japan will, in the future,
too, throw in their lot with their socialist motherland and fulfil
their honourable responsibilities and duties in their efforts to usher
in a new golden age of the movement of Koreans in Japan.