What is it with retired pro athletes visiting North Korea? Just a week after Dennis Rodman's trip to Pyongyang, a Japanese former professional wrestler turned politician is paying Kim Jong-un a visit. Here's Japan's public broadcaster, NHK.
Antonio Inoki of the Japan Restoration Party is on his second visit to North Korea in as many months. He is expected to meet with senior North Korean officials. Among them is the secretary in charge of international relations in the Worker's Party. Inoki is a former star of Japanese pro wrestling. Before his departure for Pyongyang, he spoke of the purpose of his visit.
I want to see for myself where North Korea is heading. I hope discussions with leaders in Pyongyang will benefit both countries.
During his previous visit in November, Inoki met with Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of the country's leader Kim Jong-Un and Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission. Jang was executed for treason in December.