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In Photos: Japanese baseball is back, minus the cheering crowds

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Panels with messages of encouragement are seen in the vacant stands at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Tokyo on June 19, 2020, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB)'s 2020 season opening day, for a game between the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and the Chunichi Dragons. NPB is beginning its season some three months late and without fans in the seats due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Mainichi/Naotsune Umemura)

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