Who Was That Stranger?

It wasn't the most auspicious coming-out party. The 29-year-old mystery man who tried to slip into Japan on a fake Dominican Republic passport last week turned out to be none other than the eldest son of North Korea's Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. Outside of North Korea, no one has seen much of Kim Jong Nam or even knows much about him, so his surprising arrival caused quite a stir. But for a man whose family and homeland provoke considerable gossip, speculation and fear, he came, he said, for the most prosaic of reasons: he wanted to go to...

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