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BASEBALL THREATENED AS JAPAN'S NATIONAL PASTIME, TOO?

     Japan's first professional soccer league, now in its second
season, has become "universally" supported throughout the
country, according to the latest issue of THE ECONOMIST.  Last
year, in its first season, the J League's 10 teams attracted more
than 4M spectators.  The success of soccer "may be new-found" but
the sport is as "solid" in Japan as it is "anywhere in the
world."  For many Japanese, soccer games have provided a escape
from watching baseball, the country's only sports alternative
(ECONOMIST, 10/22 issue).
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