This guy was Kim Jong-Il’s sushi chef and escaped to Japan after years of service
It's rare that a defector from North Korea is able to escape, live and be bold enough to talk about it.
Luckily some do, and even luckier is that this one dealt with the supreme leader, Kim Jong-Il on a near daily basis.
Oh, the stories he could tell!
And he does, in his very own book.
Kenju Fujimoto is a pen name for the Japanese man who claimed to be Kim Jong-Il's personal sushi chef from 1988 to 2001. He accepted the job at a salary of £45,000 a year and was given two Mercedes cars.
The two quickly became close companions as they did nearly everything together.
When he left, he didn't leave peaceably, but managed to utilize the trust of his “employers” to make his escape.
He promised to make a highly sought after sea urchin dish that required a trip to Japan for the creature. Kim Jong-Il replied “That's a great idea. Go for it!”
He never returned and lived in hiding, evading North Korean agents. Eventually he wrote the book “I was Kim Jong Il's Cook” and didn't feel safe without a bullet-resistant vest after it was published.