North Korea has announced that the Japanese capital will be the first to feel its sulky irrational wrath in the event of a war.
As the clock was striking midnight in GMT+9 (Tokyo and Seoul’s neighbourhood) 33,338 tweets were sent per second, a rate which was 2.5 times more than any other timezone. Twitter user @Trebor subsequently created this graphic which, for many readers, will probably be the first time in a while you’ve seen red circles on a map resembling something other than earthquakes.
North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un recently sent a handwritten letter to a ‘naturalised’ Japanese woman in North Korea and the media has cynically portrayed this moment of thoughtfulness as an attempt to remind Tokyo there are Japanese living in North Korea. Is it really so unbelievable that an insane despotic dictator took time out from eating cake and executing defectors to see how one random civilian is getting along?