Inoki lands in Pyongyang with plan to voice 'true opinions'

Jul 10, 2014

Inoki lands in Pyongyang with plan to voice 'true opinions'

Wrestler-turned-lawmaker Antonio Inoki on Thursday arrived in Pyongyang to prepare for a martial arts extravaganza next month and said he plans to express his “true opinions” to North Korean officials amid signs of improvement in bilateral relations. The former professional wrestling star said he ...

Government OKs Inoki's first visit to North since easing of sanctions

Jul 7, 2014

Government OKs Inoki's first visit to North since easing of sanctions

The Abe administration sees no problem with the possibility of Upper House lawmaker Antonio Inoki making another visit to North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday after sanctions were partially lifted last week in return for progress on Pyongyang’s second investigation into ...

May 19, 2014

Inoki to jointly organize international pro-wrestling contest in Pyongyang

Pyongyang will host an international wrestling event this summer that’s being organized jointly by none other than lawmaker Antonio Inoki, official North Korean media reported Monday. The Pyongyang International Pro-Wrestling Contest, scheduled for late August, will see wrestlers from several countries enter the ring, ...

Jan 13, 2014

Inoki makes second sports exchange trip to Pyongyang

Upper House lawmaker Antonio Inoki on Monday arrived in North Korea to promote sports exchanges and learn about the future course of the country following the purge last month of leader Kim Jong Un’s once-powerful uncle. “I am hoping to have a discussion that ...

Inoki meets top adviser to North Korea's Kim

Nov 7, 2013

Inoki meets top adviser to North Korea's Kim

Antonio Inoki | KYODO Lawmaker Antonio Inoki has wrapped up a six-day visit to North Korea after meeting with Jang Song Thaek, an uncle and top aide of leader Kim Jong Un, and other senior officials. Inoki, a former professional wrestling star, arrived in ...

Actor Yamamoto, ex-wrestler Inoki win

Jul 22, 2013

Actor Yamamoto, ex-wrestler Inoki win

Actor and anti-nuclear activist Taro Yamamoto and ex-wrestling star Antonio Inoki both won seats in Sunday’s Upper House contest, early returns showed. Yamamoto, 38, who ran as an independent in the Tokyo constituency, appeared set to enter the upper chamber after failing to win ...