North Korea’s cheerleaders and politicians have been the centre of attention at the Winter Olympics.
Japan’s Prime Minister was in a dilemma on whether to attend.
He didn’t want to play into the propaganda of a national enemy. On the other hand, as the next Olympic host, he wanted to support the Japanese team and encourage world sport.
Was he right to go and meet a leader from North Korea?
In this week’s Japan Story blog Duncan Bartlett gathers expert opinion on the highly politicised Olympics from Seoul, Washington and Tokyo.