Kim Jong Il en Sushi Chef Was Confidant To North Korea's Kim Jong Il Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>When the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died two years ago, his son Kim Jong Un rose to power. The world knew practically nothing about the young and untested leader. In fact, nobody knew exactly how young he was until his birth date was revealed by a man who goes by the pseudonym Kenji Fujimoto, Kim Jong Il's former sushi chef and longtime confidante.<p>Writer Adam Johnson won a Pulitzer this year for his novel set in North Korea. And he recently conducted a series of interviews with the chef, who now lives in Japan. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:54:00 +0000 45216 at Remembering Kim Jong-Il ... And His Parka <p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 19:43:00 +0000 37235 at Remembering Kim Jong-Il ... And His Parka N. Korean Kaesong Workers Mourn Kim Jong Il Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>Throughout this morning, we're tracking the results of Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses, where Mitt Romney edged Rick Santorum by just eight votes. We're also following other news, including developments from a country that changed its leader with no election at all.<p>INSKEEP: Kim Jong Un took over North Korea when his father died. Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:48:00 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao 20176 at North Korea: 'Peculiar Natural Wonders' Reported In Tribute To 'Dear Leader' As we've reported before, North Korea's state news agency is fond of assigning supernatural occurrences to their Dear Leader. Over the past two days, the news agency has published an array of stories about Kim Jong Il's death. But late yesterday and today, they are revealing that "peculiar natural wonders" occurred just as Kim died.<p>Here's <a href="">the news via the Korean News Service</a> in Japan:<p><blockquote><p>"On the morning of Dec. 17 layers of ice were broken on Lake Chon on Mt. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 19:05:00 +0000 19570 at North Korea: 'Peculiar Natural Wonders' Reported In Tribute To 'Dear Leader' After Kim's Death, No Signs Of Power Struggles The body of Kim Jong Il, the deceased leader of North Korea, now lies in state in the capital, Pyongyang. His sudden death has raised concerns about possible power struggles. But so far, all outward signs suggest that the North Korean leadership is lining up behind his son, Kim Jong Un. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 22:05:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 19470 at