2014年05月21日

英国紙ガーディアンに初めて記事が載りました

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英国紙のガーディアンでデビューしました。北朝鮮関連のニュース専門サイトのNK Newsに寄稿した記事を、ガーディアンがそのまま転載しました。

North Korea to hold international pro-wrestling contest

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内容はアントニオ猪木が今夏、平壌でプロレスの大会を開催するとの内容。かつて猪木の大ファンだったこともあり、北朝鮮と猪木とのこれまでの関係についても記事の中で触れました。

若い世代にはあまり知られていないでしょうが、猪木は13歳の時に、横浜の鶴見からブラジルに船に乗って移住しました。当時は周囲から「移民」ではなく、「棄民(きみん)」と呼ばれて卑下されていたそうです。棄民とは「国に棄てられた国民」を意味します。ところが、17歳の時にブラジルの陸上大会の砲丸投げで優勝。たまたまその時にブラジルにプロレスの興行で来ていた力道山が、その猪木の砲丸投げ優勝の記事を見て、「面白い日系人がいるじゃないか」と思って、猪木をその場に呼び寄せたそうです。そして、「おい、裸になれ」と猪木に言い、猪木の背中を見て、猪木のプロレス入りを強引に決めたとのことです。猪木のプロレス同期入門組には、あのジャイアント馬場こと馬場正平がいました。


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その猪木の恩師、力道山(本名:金 信洛)は日本植民地下の朝鮮半島咸鏡南道(現在の北朝鮮の領域)の出身。力道山の平壌にいる愛娘の金英淑は、北朝鮮体育会の大物の朴明哲と結婚。朴氏が体育相などを歴任したことから、猪木は北朝鮮とのスポーツ分野で交流を深めてきました。1995年4月には平壌でプロレス大会を開催し、2日間で約38万人もの観客を集めたと言われています。

North Korea to hold international pro-wrestling contest

Event in August will be jointly organised with Japanese wrestler and politician Antonio Inoki. NK News reports

Kosuke Takahashi for NK News, part of the North Korea network

the guardian.com, Monday 19 May 2014 17.11 BST

North Korean Greco-Roman wrestler Yun Won-chol fights with South Korea's Choi Gyujin. Photograph: Antonio Olmos

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 organised by Kanji Inoki, better known as Antonio Inoki, currently a member of the upper house of Japan’s government 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 organise the event, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Monday.

“World famous pro wrestlers from Japan, the US 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.

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 organised a wrestling event in Pyongyang. He put together a similar event in April 1995, reportedly attracting about 380,000 local attendees over two days.

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 councillor 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.

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 on 26 May for two days 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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