Kim Jong Il is about to go on display as promised, making him the latest authoritarian leader to achieve a certain kind of posthumous immortality.
Kim’s embalmed body will be shown alongside that of his father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang.
Soon after the middle man in North Korea’s three-generation leadership succession died last December, North Korea officials announced that his body would eventually join his father’s on public display.
Korean media outlets reported that a dream team of Moscow-based embalmers who usually tend to the body of Russian Marxist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin on view in Moscow’s Red Square were dispatched to North Korea to prepare Kim’s body.
North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, is “vulnerable,” given his youth and inexperience, so keeping the bodies of his father and grandfather around will help stabilize the system and justify the succession of power to a third generation.
Kim Jong Il becomes the latest of at least a half-dozen world leaders whose bodies have been kept around for political and/or tourism-related reasons.
Mr Abe has appointed several hawkish allies to key cabinet posts, including Yoshihide Suga as chief cabinet secretary and the former prime minister Taro Aso as minister for finance. The new education minister, Hakubun Shimomura, is known to share Mr Abe’s controversial revisionist views on Japan’s war history. No Japan military involvement in running wartime brothels: official. On Radio Nippon in March 25, 2007, Shimomura denied that the Japanese military directly recruited women to work in brothels providing sex for Japanese soldiers before and during World War II. He claimed that there were military nurses and embedded journalists but no ’embedded comfort women.’ Although he admits that there were comfort women, he believes that parents sold their daughters. And that the Japanese army was involved. This caused outrage in Korea and China. Japan must not forget that in order for diplomatic relations between its neighboring countries to improve, they must apologize for their past crimes.
North Korea has revealed that it would set up an international award to honor its late leader Kim Jong-il. The award will be given to politicians, scholars and public leaders who have made a significant contribution in their country’s struggle for independence. The awards ceremony will be held on February 16th, marking the Kim Jong-il’s birthday. The date is a public holiday in North Korea, known as the Day of the Shining Star. Kim Jong-il led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, and inherited the leadership of the country from him. Shortly after he came to power, a severe famine caused by faulty economic reforms and poor harvests left an estimated two million people dead. His regime was harshly criticized for violations of human rights and was internationally isolated because if its pursuit of nuclear weapons. I’m guessing that this is all because they are looking for a breakthrough for the international sanctions caused by their violations by launching missile tests.
Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism held a survey about the ‘2nd Korean wave and image of Korea’ in October and November for 3600 people in 9 countries (China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, US, Brazil, France, UK, and Russia). The first thing that comes up in the mind of foreigners is Korean cuisine. The second is Korean dramas, third is K-pop and electronics. Of course, there are differences between regions. In Asia, Drama and K-pop was popular. In the Americas, Korean cuisine and electronic products was well-known. In Europe, the Korean War and electronic products was what foreigners thought of. Korean food and cultural assets of Korea will act as the cornerstone for promoting Korea, a small, yet a strong country.
In the wake of North Korea’s rocket launch, U.S. Congress has passed a defense law modified for next year calling for tougher measures such as the possible construction of a new missile defense base and defense capability assessments. The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a bill condemning North Korea for its recent rocket launch. The National Defense Authorization Act contains a raft of policy and funding packages including budgets for military activities, related construction and research and development programs. The measure defines Pyongyang’s rocket launch as a clear violation of UN resolutions. It also calls on China to actively pressure North Korea and to get behind sanctions against the regime. The bill also states North Korea and Iran cooperated extensively since the 1980s to develop long-range missiles.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned the North Korean rocket launch, calling it a “clear violation” of UN prohibitions.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the 15-member Council — which has the power to authorize sanctions — will discuss a set of measures to punish North Korea for violating Council resolutions barring it from pursuing nuclear and ballistic-missile testing.
North Korea fired a rocket that placed a satellite into orbit, defying existing international sanctions and showcasing the progress of the nuclear-armed totalitarian regime in ballistic-missile technology.
The U.S., Japan, South Korea and China criticized the North Korean action, while the Pyongyang government asserted what it said in a statement was a “legitimate” right to launch satellites. China has veto power and may oppose further steps in the Security Council.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement that it detected the launch at 9:49 a.m. Korea time, after which the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea and the second dropped into the Philippine Sea. The U.S. agency said the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit, after North Korea’s official news agency said the Unha-3 rocket had successfully sent a satellite into space.
Even China, North Korea’s biggest ally, said it regrets the launch. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in Beijing that China wanted the UN Security Council to react prudently and avoid escalating the situation.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration denounced the rocket test, with National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor calling it “a highly provocative act” that jeopardizes regional security.
Kim, who succeeded his father Kim Jong Il a year ago, oversees a military-first state with 1.7 million of his 24 million people in the armed services. North Korea has twice detonated an atomic bomb, and the new leader has shown no readiness to respond to calls from the U.S., China, South Korea, Japan and Russia to return to six-party talks aimed at getting the regime to abandon its nuclear program.
There is a leader who was always described as the worst. He died some time around December last year. He is Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-il came to power in 1974. He was the dictator for 37 years, making North Korea the worst country. On Dec 17, 2011, Kim Jong-il died. His major crime is murdering many people. He let 3 million people starve to death and locked a million in prisons. He killed 4 million people. Unfortunately, human rights violation still continues in North Korea. It has been a year since Kim Jong-il died. I hope the world notices that nothing has changed in North Korea even when Kim Jong-il is dead.
Korean’s popular boy group Big Bang’s leader G-Dragon is a sensation in the States! U.S. based hip-hop magazine XXL just published an interview article this past 11th, with the title “Korean Rapper G-Dragon Talks K-POP Hype, New EP and Past Scandals”. XXL calls G-Dragon one of the most influential Korean hip-hop artists, sort of like the Kanye West of Korea. They regard him very highly, and thinks of him as a successor to Psy’s Gangnam Style fame. The KPOP fever really seems to be hitting off all over the world.
Japan’s elections on the 16th will most likely result in the conservative party’s undisputed victory, led by the head of the party Shinzo Abe. Shinzo Abe is the poster boy for Japanese extremism, and consequently is an unwelcomed maverick in the eyes of the international community. His grandfather, ex-prime minister Nobusuke, was a grade-A war criminal during WWII. Abe became the youngest prime minister in 2006, but had to relieve his seat due to his extremist views and proclamations. He was keeping low profile until now, sweeping the conservative party by storm, taking its leader seat. His views on Japan’s defense policy, Dokdo, Diaoyu Dao, Kuril Islands territorial dispute are all extreme and aggressive, sparking conflict with nearby countries like China and Korea. This will likely yield in future dispute and disrupt any sorts of relational advancement between these countries.
North Korea is idolizing the world’s worst dictator, Kim Jong-il. It’s a week before the one year anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s death, and North Korea is still sorrowing over losing the “Dear Leader.” And this is not confined to humans, as a group of birds were gathered to “mourn” Kim Jong-il in a propaganda poster.
North Koreans are forced to believe that Kim Jong-il was a born great man, so nature as well as all the people around the world cannot forget him. The North Korean regime can’t be serious…