Update: WSJ is saying KJU has gout
KJU's wife Ri Sol Ju, once considered the Kate Middleton of the East, has also been missing from the public for quite some time. The last time she was seen was during the 101 year anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth.
Kim Jung il's disappearances would often lead to rumors of a succession. While the media does not think KJU is suffering from anything serious, this could lead to more absences from military meetings in the future.