N. Korea puts Kim Jong-Il’s yacht in mausoleum

Updated 07 December 2012
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N. Korea puts Kim Jong-Il’s yacht in mausoleum

SEOUL: North Korea has put Kim Jong-Il’s yacht in the family mausoleum and had to build a railway to get it there, a report said yesterday as Pyongyang prepares to mark one year since the late leader’s death.
The reclusive state has been putting together a collection of some of Kim’s possessions at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, which houses the preserved body of his father, Kim Il-Sung, Yonhap news agency said. Quoting unidentified South Korean officials, Yonhap added that the embalming of Kim Jong-Il’s body, which is eventually expected to be laid next to that of his father in the imposing structure, is almost complete.
To get to the palace, the yacht was sailed from the eastern port of Wonsan 1,500 nautical miles around the Korean peninsula to the western port of Nampo, from where it was towed 44 kilometers (27 miles) inland to Pyongyang.
Power lines had to be taken down, a temporary rail track was laid and part of the wall of the mausoleum knocked down to get the boat inside, the report said. North Korea has reportedly set Dec. 1-20 as a mourning period for Kim Jong-Il, who died of a heart attack on Dec. 17. He was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-Un in a third-generation power transition.


World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

Updated 22 April 2018
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World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

  • Tajima was born on Aug. 4, 1900, and had more than 160 descendants
  • Chiyo Yoshida, another Japanese woman aged 116, is now the world’s oldest person, says Gerontology Research Group

TOKYO: The world’s oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.
An official in the town of Kikai says Nabi Tajima died in a hospital on Saturday shortly before 8 p.m. She had been hospitalized since January.
Tajima was born on Aug. 4, 1900, and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren. Her town of Kikai is in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.
She became the world’s oldest person seven months ago after the death of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117.
The US-based Gerontology Research Group says that another Japanese woman, Chiyo Yoshida, is now the world’s oldest person in its records. She is 116 years old.