Antonio Inoki, a former professional wrestling star and lawmaker, said Wednesday he will run for an Upper House seat as a candidate of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) in a bid to stage a Diet comeback.
Inoki, 70, told reporters at the Diet that he will run from the party’s proportional representation segment. Joining him at the news conference was former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, co-leader of Nippon Ishin, the second-largest opposition party. The other co-leader is Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto.