Charles Jenkins’ dog

I haven’t seen anything in the Japanese press, but this Straits Times story is a giggle anyway. According to the ST, Japanese pundits were expecting to concentrate on one thing when Mr Jenkins stepped off his flight in Jakarta:

If Mr Jenkins brought the dog, it meant he intended to stay for some time in Indonesia. No dog, the reasoning went, and he intended a quick return to Pyongyang.

But just hours before Mr Jenkins was due to arrive at the airport in Pyongyang, and the dog-watching could begin, a newspaper reported that the telltale pooch was already dead.

‘Both of them are dead of old age,’ the Yomiuri Shimbun quoted a Japanese government official as saying, referring to the dog and its predecessor. — Reuters

I may be deliberately obtuse and start calling the neighbour’s noisy dog “Reuters” too.

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