Lawmaker Inoki in North Korea amid spike in tensions

Sep 8, 2016

Lawmaker Inoki in North Korea amid spike in tensions

Japanese wrestler-turned-parliamentarian Antonio Inoki arrived Thursday in North Korea, with a plan to meet with senior officials at a time of escalating tensions. The visit by Inoki, an independent lawmaker, comes as North Korea conducted what appears to be another nuclear test, prompting criticism ...

Inoki meets with North Korea's ceremonial head of state

Aug 30, 2014

Inoki meets with North Korea's ceremonial head of state

High-profile opposition lawmaker Antonio Inoki on Saturday met with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam following moves by the two countries to improve bilateral relations. The meeting between Inoki, a former pro-wrestling star who is in Pyongyang to co-host a two-day ...

Inoki, Sapp to headline North Korean martial arts show

Aug 28, 2014

Inoki, Sapp to headline North Korean martial arts show

Japan’s famous pro-wrestler-turned-politician arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists on Thursday for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman’s controversial basketball game earlier this year. Diet member Kanji “Antonio” Inoki ...

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 ...