Japanese chef discusses abduction issue, ramen with Kim Jong Un
News On Japan via Asahi -- Sep 07
Kenji Fujimoto was nervous about returning to Pyongyang, fearing he could be punished because of his actions 11 years ago. Adding to his unease in the North Korean capital was the purpose of his visit: meeting members of the family that has ruled the country since its establishment more than half a century ago.
So in front of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Fujimoto, 65, announced humbly that "traitor Fujimoto has returned" and apologized for abruptly fleeing the country in 2001.
Kim, the first secretary of the ruling Workers' Party, said: "Mr. Fujimoto, let's forget about it."
With tears in his eyes, Fujimoto ran to hug the young leader.
Fujimoto (not his real name), the former chef of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, recounted his return to the reclusive country in a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun. He talked mainly about a banquet on July 22, but also offered his views about the new regime.
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