first_img Chongryon Fearful of Jong Eun Elevation Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News The most prominent talking point just 24 hours before the Delegates’ Conference of the Chosun Workers’ Party, which is due to kick off tomorrow for the first time in 44 years, is the succession issue. Japan is no exception in this regard. However, while the Japanese media has been watching Pyongyang closely, Chongryon (General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan) is in the grip of a negative atmosphere. Choi, who works for an organization affiliated with Chongryon, explained in an interview with The Daily NK’s Tokyo branch recently, “Those who fear the official appearance of Kim Jong Eun the most are probably Chongryon cadres.” He explained, “Cadres are very well aware that Koreans affiliated with Chongryon residing in Japan have no interest in the succession issue. Therefore, even with instructions from the North Korean authorities, it will not be easy work to propagate the third generation succession.” He said, “I don’t know whether there will be an increasing number of Koreans who want to shift to South Korean nationality out of disappointment at the North’s regime. This is mainly why the headquarters of Chongryon dread a power shift to Kim Jong Eun.” An entrepreneur affiliated with Chongryon, Lee agreed, saying, “In Chongryon’s headquarters, the issue of the succession never comes up in conversation. When the third generation succession is announced publicly, they will be played for a fool around the world as well as in the Korean community in Japan.” He added, “Support will be reduced drastically, with the exception of cadres and staff members.” A worker in one Chongryon affiliated school revealed, “Not only workers in schools but also parents criticize the school for educating children in North Korean ideas. I personally believe that ideological education should be suspended.” Therefore, he added, “The number of students attending Chosun schools (Chongryon-affiliated schools) will fall when a decree is handed down telling us to propagate the third generation succession.” Chongryon staff members unanimously agree that North Korea’s third generation succession will weaken Chongryon. Even though the succession may prove to be a breakthrough in maintaining the system itself, it may also accelerate the collapse of overseas pro-North Korea organizations, including Chongryon. News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News center_img News By Daily NK – 2010.09.27 4:11pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more