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 ...

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 ...