How I Met Kim Jong Un: Interview with Kenji Fujimoto

August 29th, 2012
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TOKYO – It’s no easy matter for anyone to go in and out of a closed-off society like North Korea freely. And meeting with the nation’s new young leader Kim Jong Un is even more so.

But much to the disbelief of experts, one Japanese individual made it, as if it were something easy and

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Kosuke Takahashi

Kosuke Takahashi is a Tokyo-based journalist. His work has appeared in the Asahi Shimbun, Bloomberg, Asia Times, Jane's Defence Weekly and The Diplomat, among other publications. You can follow him on Twitter @TakahashiKosuke

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Boynton/674771238 Robert Boynton

    Great scoop!

  • Jin

    “Taejang Doshi” is misspelling. the correct one is “Daejang Dongji”

    • http://twitter.com/TakahashiKosuke Kosuke Takahashi

      Hi Jin-san. Many thanks for your note. You are right. In Chinese characters that’s 大将同志. Just FYI. #DPRK

  • James_C

    A very interesting article. I wish Fujimoto would say more though, his answers are always too short for my liking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1539455630 Kosuke Takahashi

    Fujimoto said that his son suddenly died of illness in front of his wife and daughter at their small house in Pyongyang on July 6, two weeks before Fujimoto’s revisit to North Korea. So, Fujimoto could not have a reunion with his son. He cried on Japanese TV when he was talking about his son’s sudden death.
    https://twitter.com/TakahashiKosuke

  • Anonymous

    Son dies suddenly, and wife has one of the rarest cancers one can get. Strange occurances in a secretive society. He was a coward to run and leave his family behind. A selfish man indeed. North Korea needs to just blow up, because society is unevolved and ignorant.

    • http://twitter.com/evilfish2 evilfish

      go back eating your burgers, amerifat.

      • sarcastic

        hahahaha nice sarcasm

      • http://twitter.com/BradGreenwood2 Bradley Greenwood

        That was pretty weak. Surely you can muster better sarcasm than that. By the way, where do YOU live? Or is that a secret to shield you from any wise-ass remarks someone can make about you? You are a coward.

    • donburi_3233

      foad

    • dopfist

      Wow, you are so evolved and wise, tell us more about how solve the world’s problems!!

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