Japan’s Next Post-Anime Cultural Export May Be Pro-Wrestling

Bloomberg
Bloomberg
Aug 19, 2019 · 4 min read
Tetsuya Naito and Jay White compete in the bout during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 29 at Nippon Budokan on August 11, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

By Takashi Nakamichi, Masatsugu Horie, and Mei Futonaka

If one Japanese business has its way, professional wrestlers will be the next hit entertainment export from the country that introduced the world to Hello Kitty and animation sci-fi films such as “Akira.”

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