Jeffrey LewisI Buried Kim

I keep hearing about this crazy idea that Kim Jong Il really died in 2003 and was replaced by a body double — promoted by Waseda University professor Toshimitsu Shigemura.

I did find some evidence to support that hypothesis. (Don’t get the joke?)


  1. kerbihan

    Note that when played in reverse, some KJI speeches actually say: “The Dear Leader is dead”.

  2. Jeffrey Lewis (History)

    Actually, I think he is saying “Kimchi is red.”

  3. Chris Nelson (History)

    I thought he was singing “When I’m 64!” If he croaked back in ’03 like the prof says, he didn’t make it!

  4. Muskrat (History)

    That’s why Paul McCartney was barefoot! His failed hermit-state shoe cooperative had missed its production quotas! Who knew that that melodious voice went along with a catastrophic addiction to bad, viciosuly-enforced central planning?

  5. Gridlock (History)

    “North Korea is close to completing a second launch site for long-range missiles, reports say.”

  6. Lao Tao Ren (History)

    I hate to break up the Sgt. Pepper party here, but just some banal concerns:

    -What do we know about the command and control of nuclear devices (weapons) in DPRK?

    -What contingency plans by outside powers exist to secure the devices and as much as possible of the sensitive materials and equipment in the event of a collapse of DPRK?

  7. American Interests (History)

    Back to the Sgt. Pepper party .. I’m still chuckling over this one..we’ve come over to show a colleague

    Great little post this …