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Japanese former wrestler headed for North Korea: Aide

Published on Jan 9, 2014 11:15 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese professional wrestler-turned-lawmaker will visit North Korea next week, his secretary said Thursday, as attention was focused on the Pyongyang antics of eccentric former basketball star Dennis Rodman.

Mr Antonio Inoki is a frequent visitor to the reclusive communist state.

During his last trip in November, he met Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of young leader Kim Jong Un who was purged and executed last month.

Mr Inoki, an opposition member of the Upper House, is head of a non-profit organisation aimed at establishing sports-based exchanges, which opened an office in Pyongyang last month.

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