The Korean Central News Agency announced Kim Jong Il’s death on its web site today. The news was accompanied by this strange three-minute montage showing lots of people mourning, and one solo interview with a woman who works at the capital’s electric wire factory at the very end.
The dear leader will most likely be succeeded by his son Kim Jong-Un. We don’t know too much about him, except that he’s about 28 or 29 years old and he appeared to be KJI’s favorite son.
A snippet from the NY Times quotes the Kims’ Japanese sushi chef as follows:
“When Prince Jong-un shook hands with me, he fixed me with a vicious look,” Kim Jong-il’s former Japanese sushi chef wrote in a 2003 memoir describing his first encounter with the boy, then 7, dressed in a military uniform and known as a “prince” among his father’s aides. “I still cannot forget the look in his eyes. It seemed to say, ‘This is a despicable Japanese.’ “