Japanese baseball starts June 19 without fans| Instant News


TOKYO – The Japanese professional baseball season will open on June 19 under a plan that does not include fans.

League commissioner Atsushi Saito made the announcement Monday after an online meeting with representatives from 12 league teams.

The announcement came when a state of emergency was lifted in Tokyo and on the northern island of Hokkaido by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The state of emergency was lifted earlier this month for other parts of the country.

The team can start practicing the game on June 2, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.

The season will start on March 20, but the start is postponed due to a coronavirus pandemic. Japan has reported around 850 deaths from COVID-19.

Japan joins South Korea and Taiwan whose open leagues and mostly play without fans.

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