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A delegation of 15 top-ranking Sumo wrestlers is scheduled to arrive in Israel in June, according to sources in the Israeli embassy in Tokyo.
The planned visit, made possible following lengthy talks with the Japanese Sumo Federation, is part of an initiative aimed at promoting Japanese tourism to Israel and strengthening ties between the countries, as Sumo wrestlers are regarded as opinion makers in the land of the rising sun.
Israelís ambassador to Japan Eli Cohen said the visit is also aimed at advancing the issue of direct flights between Tel Aviv and Tokyo, after the embassy and Japanese authorities have failed to find an amicable solution regarding this matter for a number of years now, despite the fact that an aviation agreement between the countries does exist.
Reproduced with permission: Ynetnews