Has North Korea caught Japan in a propaganda trap?

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.

Japan Story’s blog is written by former BBC Tokyo Correspondent Duncan Bartlett. Each week he analyses how Japan’s story is being told to the world through the international media.