Wrestling - Japan ex-wrestler wages 'sports diplomacy' in North Korea

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Wrestling - Japan ex-wrestler wages 'sports diplomacy' in North Korea
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(FILES) In this file photo taken August 21, 2014, Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Kanji "Antonio" …

- Flamboyant Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea on Saturday ahead of an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists from around the world.

Inoki, 71, an opposition member of Japan's upper house, travelled to the reclusive state with a host of international fighters in an attempt to use sport to thaw relations between Tokyo and Pyongyang.

He met with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-Nam on Saturday, hours before the "International Pro Wrestling Festival" kicks off, Japanese media reported from the North Korean capital.

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