JAPAN’S WRESTLER-SENATOR ON A VISIT TO PYONGYANG

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TOKYO: Japanese professional wrestler-turned-lawmaker Antonio Inoki left on a visit to North Korea on Sunday for talks with officials after a high-profile leadership purge in the reclusive communist state. Inoki, 70, is a frequent visitor to North Korea. During his last trip in November, he met Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong-un, who was long considered his key adviser. Jang was purged and executed last month after being branded a counter-revolutionary. Inoki, an opposition member of the upper house, is head of a non-profit organization aimed at establishing sports-based exchanges which opened an office in Pyongyang last month.

AFP

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