Talk of the Streets

Nuclear fallout, executive search, passing for cops and . . .

TOKYO: In a shocking departure from Japan's usual civility, ethnic-Korean schoolchildren are being victimized by racist assaults and taunts, apparently in reprisal for North Korea's intransigence over nuclear inspections. Last Monday evening, a 17-year-old female student at a Tokyo high school run by Chongryun, a North Korean residents' association, was riding home when a young man tried to push her off her bicycle. The assailant then slashed her school uniform with a pair of scissors. That assault was one of more than 120 verbal or physical attacks reported in Japan by Chongryun since April. Though Japanese police put the total much...

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