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North Korea: What Kim Jong-Un Shares With Japan's Wartime Emperor

As analysts try to gauge the new and largely untested North Korean leader, one Beijing-based Japanese commentator sees similarities between Kim Jong-Un's situation and what Emperor Hirohito faced when he began his 60-year reign in Japan. It does

Hirohito (left) was 25 when he became emperor. Kim Jong-Un is 28.
Hirohito (left) was 25 when he became emperor. Kim Jong-Un is 28.
*Daisuke Kondo

BEIJING - Two weeks ago when President Obama attended the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul he paid a visit to the "38th parallel" – the Military Demarcation Line between the two Koreas where North and South Korean troops have faced each other for decades.

On the same day, to mark Kim Il-Sung's centenary, North Korea proposed to "return violence for violence". A month earlier in Beijing, US and North Korean representatives had exchanged "conciliatory handshakes," bowing to each other like Beijing Opera singers. Yet barely a month later, the two parties' momentary smiling faces have returned to cold stares.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

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