Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 14 November (Wednesday) that National Defense Commission Vice Chairman, Korean Workers’ Party Administration Department Director and State Physical Culture and Sports Commission Chairman Jang Song Taek (Chang So’ng-t’aek; Jang Song Thaek) watched a soccer (football) match between the DPRK University of Physical Education and players from the Nippon Sport Science University at Kim Il Sung Stadium.
Also watching the match were Minister of Physical Culture and Sports Ri Jong Mu, DPRK-Japan Friendship Association Chairman and KWP International Affairs Deputy (vice) Director Pak Kun Gwang, Rector of the DPRK University of Physical Education Sim Tong Gyu, Kanji Inoki and members of the Inoki Genome Federation delegation, Kenshiro Matsunami and members of the Nippon Sport Science University delegation, along with “football experts and fans and citizens and young people.” KCNA reported that the “two teams played the match well” and “spectators enthusiastically clapped their hands whenever the players showcased fantastic scoring chances.” Despite the exuberant atmosphere in Kim Il Sung Stadium “the game ended scoreless.”
The Japanese delegations have also visited several locales around Pyongyang during their stay. DPRK state media reported on 14 November that members of the Nippon Sport Science University delegation visited Kim Il Sung’s birthplace and childhood home in Mangyo’ngdae where they “looked round historic relics preserved there with care, while being briefed on the revolutionary history of the President and his family members,” according to KCNA. They also toured the Pyongyang Folk Park and the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm.
On Wednesday, the university’s delegation were joined by Kanji Inoki and members of the Inoki Genome Federation delegation, in delivering a floral basket to the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il statues on Mansu Hill in central Pyongyang.