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Abe invites Putin to judo world c’ships in Tokyo

Yomiuri Shimbun file photo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from right in the back, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from left in the back, watch a judo event in Vladivostok, Russia, on Sept. 12.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed Russian President Vladimir Putin visit Japan next summer during the World Judo Championships in Tokyo, an aide to Abe said Wednesday.

At their meeting in Argentina last week, Abe invited Putin, who holds a judo black belt, to view the event slated for Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary general of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, said on television.

In 2019, Putin is expected to visit Japan to attend a Group of 20 summit in Osaka in late June. If he accepts Abe’s proposal, he would travel to the Asian country twice in a short span.

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