A world without Japanese cars

February 20, 2007

What would a world without Japanese cars be like? The streets of America would be relatively bare.

The Supreme Leader Generalissimo Kim Il Sung’ aka “dear leader” of North Korean  issued an edict on January 1st banishing all Japanese cars from the streets of North Korea.

Confiscation orders aren’t applicable to a privileged class of favoured individuals and assorted VIPs in Korea such as celebrities, athletes and Intelligence Agents from the North Korean National Security Agency.

For a celebrity that rarely puts in a public appearance, Jong-il is a cult figure, if the dancing, bowing, saluting, flower giving and flag waving that goes on in North Korea is any indication.

Slogans and portraits of the “great leader” are the only thing in great abundance in North Korea.

The banquet thrown for Jong-il’s annual birthday bash, a tradition since 1975, involves a little indulgence for the starving North Korean people who for a couple of days become the beneficiaries of some token treats to demonstrate the country’s self-reliance

Diplomats have been known to earn a few bikkies, being at the core of a lucrative international drug smuggling operation, but for most North Koreans, electricity and food are a delicacy.

Those rich enough to afford a set of second hand Japanese wheels will be without them. The streets are likely to be relatively deserted, apart from some second hand Volvos and Mercedes if the edict is enforced. Also in existence are some 1950 bullet proof sedans gifted by Stalin to North Korea.

That leaves more time for famished North Koreans to sustain themselves on State sponsored diet of documentaries on the great leader.

I wonder whether politicians and high ranking Government officials fall into any of the above mentioned categories. High ranking officials should be safe, given their penchant for luxury german autmobiles like the Mercedes Benz.

It was rumoured that the catalyst for the leader issuing the edict to the National Military Commission was the sight of a Japanese car, which was not only not working, but was also blocking the road on the leader’s way back from his visit to the Kumsusan Memorial Palace to pay tribute to his father.

Relations between North Korea and Japan have  been strained for a while, on account of the kidnapping and murder of Japanese citizens during the 70’s and 80’s by North Korea, and more recently the sanctions placed on North Korea by Japan over their nuclear weapons testing program.

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