A former Japanese wrestler who took on boxer Muhammad Ali in a cross-discipline bout in the 1970s is among the winners in his nation’s election to the upper house of parliament yesterday.
Antonio Inoki, 70, was elected as a member of the Japan Restoration Party, resuming a presence in Japan’s legislature decades after he fought Ali to a draw in 1976. The ballot, which suffered a slump in turnout as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition swept to a majority, also saw a television actor win a seat on a platform opposing the restart of nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns.
“I would like to thank everyone who gave me energy as I rushed around sweating for this,” Inoki, who has made several trips to North Korea, told Fuji Television last night. “I would like to focus on diplomatic issues.”
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