Former pro wrestler Antonio Inoki, who is now a lawmaker in the upper house, faces disciplinary action in the Diet for making an unauthorized trip to North Korea last week.
Inoki, who belongs to the opposition Japan Restoration Party, visited North Korea Nov 713. He said the visit was to promote sports and cultural exchanges between the two countries and he opened an office for his non-profit organization while he was there.
On Wednesday, the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party and its coalition partner, the New Komeito Party, the Democratic Party of Japan, Your Party and the Japanese Communist Party, submitted a censure motion against Inoki, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The Japan Restoration Party has already taken action, suspending Inoki for 50 days.
The last time the upper house approved a disciplinary motion was in 1950, Sankei reported.
Inoki visited North Korea numerous times during his wrestling career, but lawmakers need Diet permission to make overseas visits.© Japan Today