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PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE GOES NEXT LEVEL
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6199603.stm

Karaoke boost’ for N Korea troops

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is reported to have found a rousing way
of boosting morale among his troops – by giving them karaoke machines.

He said karaoke sessions eased tensions in the ranks, but also
encouraged competitiveness, state media reported.

North Korea has one of the world’s largest manned armies, but levels of
training, discipline and equipment are reported to be low.

The secretive state alarmed the world with a nuclear test in October.

“I plan to send more song-accompanying machines to the People’s Armed
Forces,” Kim Jong-il was quoted as saying by the Rodong Sinmun, the
newspaper of the Workers Party of Korea, according to Japan’s Kyodo
news agency.

He told a meeting of military commanders that “the atmosphere changed
completely” among troops when they started to sing along to the tunes
on the machine.

And he also noted that soldiers and officers competed with each other
to get the highest scores, the newspaper reported.

Kim keeps track of the number of karaoke machines sent out to each
troop division by writing it down in a notebook, according to the
Rodong Sinmun.

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