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Jang Song Taek Watches Soccer Match Between DPRK and Japanese Teams

Jang Song Taek (3rd R) and Kanji Inoki (4th R) watch a soccer (football) match between the DPRK University of Physical Education and the Nippon Sport Science University at Kim Il Sung Stadium on 14 November 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 14 November (Wednesday) that National Defense Commission Vice Chairman, Korean Workers’ Party Administration Department Director and State Physical Culture and Sports Commission Chairman Jang Song Taek (Chang So’ng-t’aek; Jang Song Thaek) watched a soccer (football) match between the DPRK University of Physical Education and players from the Nippon Sport Science University at Kim Il Sung Stadium.

A view of a soccer (football) match between the teams of the DPRK University of Physical Education and the Nippon Sport Science University at Kim Il Sung Stadium on 14 November 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

A view of Kim Il Sung Stadium in central Pyongyang, the venue for a 14 November 2012 soccer (football) match between teams of the DPRK University of Physical Education and the Nippon Sport Science University (Photo: KCNA)

(Photo: KCNA)

(Photo: KCNA)

(Photo: KCNA)

(Photo: KCNA)

Also watching the match were Minister of Physical Culture and Sports Ri Jong Mu, DPRK-Japan Friendship Association Chairman and KWP International Affairs Deputy (vice) Director Pak Kun Gwang, Rector of the DPRK University of Physical Education Sim Tong Gyu, Kanji Inoki and members of the Inoki Genome Federation delegation, Kenshiro Matsunami and members of the Nippon Sport Science University delegation, along with “football experts and fans and citizens and young people.”  KCNA reported that the “two teams played the match well” and “spectators enthusiastically clapped their hands whenever the players showcased fantastic scoring chances.”  Despite the exuberant atmosphere in Kim Il Sung Stadium “the game ended scoreless.”

Kenshiro Matsunami and a delegation of the Nippon Sport Science University tour Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm in Samso’k District, Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA)

A delegation of the Nippon Sport Science University (L) tour Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm (R) in Pyongyang (Photo: KCNA)

The Japanese delegations have also visited several locales around Pyongyang during their stay.  DPRK state media reported on 14 November that members of the Nippon Sport Science University delegation visited Kim Il Sung’s birthplace and childhood home in Mangyo’ngdae where they “looked round historic relics preserved there with care, while being briefed on the revolutionary history of the President and his family members,” according to KCNA.  They  also toured the Pyongyang Folk Park and the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm.

Kanji Inoki (2nd L) of the Inoki Genome Federation and Kenshiro Matsunami (3rd L) of Nippon Sport Science University, deliver a floral basket to the KIS and KJI statues on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang on 14 November 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

Members of Japanese delegations of Inoki Genome Federation and Nippon Sport Science University pose for a commemorative photo in front of the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il statues on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang on 14 November 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

On Wednesday, the university’s delegation were joined by Kanji Inoki and members of the Inoki Genome Federation delegation, in delivering a floral basket to the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il statues on Mansu Hill in central Pyongyang.

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