2014年05月20日

North Korea to hold pro-wrestling event in late August

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Rikidozan and Antonio Inoki

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North Korea to hold pro-wrestling event in late August

Former wrestler Inoki helps organize event as Japan-N. Korea talks continue

May 19th, 2014

Kosuke Takahashi

North Korea’s state news agency has said it will host an international pro wrestling event in Pyongyang in late August.

The contest will be jointly organized by Kanji Inoki, better known as Antonio Inoki, currently a member of the upper house of Japan’s Diet and, famously, a former professional wrestler himself. Inoki, 71, will be partnering with North Korea’s International Martial Arts Games Committee Chairman Jang Ung to organize the event, the Korean Central News Agency said on Monday.

“World famous pro wrestlers from Japan, the U.S. and other countries will take part in the contest to be held under the theme of independence, peace and friendship,” the North’s state news agency said on Monday.

Inoki visited the North in January and met with Kim Yong Il, secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in charge of international affairs, and exchanged views on a possible future sports exchange event in Pyongyang.

This is not the first time Inoki has organized a wrestling event in Pyongyang. He put together a similar event in April 1995, reportedly attracting about 380,000 local attendees over two days.

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Inoki has maintained connections with North Korea because his former pro wrestling master Rikidozan – a national hero in Japan in the wake of its defeat in World War II – originally came from South Hamgyong province, North Korea. Kim Yong Suk, Rikidozan’s daughter in Pyongyang later married Pak Myong Chol, a former Minister of Physical Culture and Sports and councilor in the National Defense Commission (NDC), thus deepening ties with Inoki.

Rikidozan found and scouted Inoki, then 17, in 1960 in Brazil during his professional wrestling tour to São Paulo. Inoki’s family had immigrated to Brazil when he was 13 due to dire poverty.

This announcement comes as Japan and North Korea have been aiming to improve their strained bilateral relations. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday told reporters in Tokyo that the government-level talks will take place May 26-28 in Stockholm, Sweden. He said the Japanese government is seeking to speed up discussions on Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korean agents in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

The two countries had their first official talks in 16 months in March in Beijing.


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2014年05月16日

Abe sets out plans to give Japan more robust defence guidelines

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Abe sets out plans to give Japan more robust defence guidelines

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

14 May 2014

A key advisory panel to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 15 May recommended that the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) be allowed exercise the right to collective self-defence.

In a move that will reverse a key security policy of the post-war period, the panel recommended reinterpreting the constitution's Article 9, under which Japan renounces the right to use force as a means to solve international disputes.

The panel's report said that the right to collective self-defence, which Japan defines as the ability to come to the aid of allied forces under attack by a third party, would be allowed if it followed the directive to use the "minimum amount of force necessary" already allowed by the constitution.

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2014年05月13日

Japan and Israel agree to closer defence ties

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Japan and Israel agree to closer defence ties

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 May 2014


Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on 12 May agreed to increase defence co-operation by building "a new comprehensive partnership".

"I would like to develop relations with Israel to their full potential," Abe said at a joint press conference after the summit with Netanyahu, who is the first Israeli prime minister to visit Tokyo in six years.

In a joint statement released after the top-level meeting, the two leaders welcomed the launch of the high-level consultations between Japan's National Security Secretariat and Israel's National Security Council and confirmed that they will hold their next meeting in Israel.

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