The head of the most influential pro-North Korea organization in Japan is back in Pyongyang for the first time in eight years and might end up meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.

The visit by Ho Jong Man, accompanied by several executives of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), began Saturday after Tokyo eased travel restrictions between the two countries in July.

Ho, a member of North Korea's top legislature, was welcomed by Yang Hyong Sop, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, and Kim Yang Gon, director of the United Front Department of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, at Pyongyang's airport.