For everyone who’s ever wondered what the people around Kim Jong Un are writing in their little notebooks

That is – I am not kidding – the most frequent North Korea related question I get. So now you know.

(Real answer: these are actually “field guidance” sessions. The people on the ground are supposed to listen and take note of the Leader’s advice, before putting it into practice in their work. The tradition was inherited from Kim Il Sung and is not always the most efficient way to make policy.)

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