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Japan Photo Journal: Smattering of spectators

(Mainichi/Takehiko Onishi)

One of the first baseball games in Japan's 2020 season to be held with an audience is seen attended by a small number of fans, at the Chiba Lotte Marines' Zozo Marine Stadium, in Chiba, the capital of the prefecture of the same name, in eastern Japan on July 10, 2020. Baseball and soccer games had been played without spectators, but in accordance with government guidelines stadiums can now accommodate a maximum of 5,000 fans from July 10. Among measures being observed at the venues, attendees must wear masks, have their temperatures taken and sit spaced out from one another. Chanting or using instruments to make a noise is also prohibited. In J-League soccer, fans were able to attend the J2 League match between Fagiano Okayama and Giravanz Kitakyushu. Nippon Professional Baseball and the J-League both intend to raise spectator numbers to 50% of stadium capacities from Aug. 1.

    (Japanese original by Masataka Tanaka, Sports News Department)

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