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Dutch superfan CEO is taking Japanese pro-wrestling global

Head of New Japan Pro-Wrestling sees potential for sport in overseas markets

TOKYO -- Professional wrestling is booming again in Japan after a prolonged slump in popularity. The turnaround is thanks not to muscular masked men facing off in the ring, but rather a Dutch business executive who fell in love with the sport as a boy.

Harold George Meij was born in the Netherlands, but his family moved to Japan for his father's work when he was 8 years old. Unable to speak Japanese or English, Meij was alone in a foreign country and unable to make friends.

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