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Coronavirus and baseball collide in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea

Disrupted seasons deal a heavy blow to business

KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei Asian Review chief business news correspondent, and KIM JAEWON, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO/SEOUL -- It was April Fool's Day, but the organizer of the Taiwanese professional baseball league was in no mood for jokes. With the novel coronavirus sweeping across the region, John Wu, commissioner of Chinese Professional Baseball League, made the difficult decision to hold all games without spectators until further notice.

"We are going to hold a season opening match on April 11," Wu announced on April 1. The league postponed the date twice, pushing the start date back roughly a month from the original schedule of March 14.

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