Japan to allow entry of N. Korean soccer players despite sanctions

February 15, 2016 11:50 pm 

TOKYO, Feb. 15 — Japan plans to allow North Korea's national women's team to enter the country to join Asian qualifying matches for this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, despite Tokyo's new sanctions on Pyongyang that prohibit North Korean nationals from visiting Japan in principle, a senior ruling lawmaker said Sunday.

The government, however, will check to see if any of the accompanying members of the team are officials of the ruling Workers' Party and if so prevent the officials' entry, the lawmaker said.

Asian qualifying games will kick off in Osaka on Feb. 29 in the round-robin tournament, with Australia, China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Vietnam competing for two tickets for the 2016 Olympics. (PNA/Kyodo)



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