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Japanese Prime Minister's wife demonstrated martial arts skills

The wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - Akie Abe - took part in demonstration performances by Japanese and Russian representatives of martial arts, ITAR-TASS reported. At the Tokyo Budokan arena, she demonstrated her possession of the naginata, a battle scythe that women samurai once armed themselves with.

Her sparring partner was the widow of former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto - Kumiko Hashimoto. During her address to the audience and participants of the speeches, the first lady of Japan advocated the strengthening of Russian-Japanese ties in the field of martial arts. "This will help us strengthen our friendship," Abe stressed.

Four-day demonstration performances are organized in the framework of the Year of Russian-Japanese exchanges in the field of martial arts. The year was started by the Japan Sambo Championship for the Russian President Vladimir Putin Cup. He passed in Yokohama in early February 2014 year.

Currently, viewers in Tokyo are now national martial arts of several regions of Russia. Moscow demonstrates Sambo, representatives of Yakutia play with such martial arts as hapsagay and mas-wrestling, and Rostov represents Cossack art of hand-to-hand combat. It is also planned to distribute autographs from well-known in Japan, Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko, who is a member of the delegation.

Russian Ambassador to Japan Yevgeny Afanasyev reminded that a large delegation of athletes from the Budokan are waiting for Russia next month. "I am convinced that through such exchanges we not only develop relations in the field of martial arts, but also improve mutual understanding between our peoples," he stressed.

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