Aug. 23 (UPI) — North Korea said Japan is withholding financial support for kindergartens and day-care centers affiliated with pro-Pyongyang organizations in Japan.

Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said Friday Japan is discriminating against child-care providers in the world’s third-largest economy based on political affiliation. The ministry described the Japanese policy as an “anti-North Korea hostile act.”

The pro-North faction in Japan, known as Chongryon, operates dozens of ethnic Korean schools in the country. They are funded in part by the Kim Jong Un regime; teach pro-North Korea ideology; and serve as the opposition to Mindan, the pro-South Korea faction in Japan.

North Korea said Friday legal amendments to Japan’s Children and Child Rearing Support Act, passed by Japanese parliament on May 10

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