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March 2, 2020 Observer Newsletter: NJPW cancels show due to coronavirus, WM 36 card update


Due to the coronavirus, New Japan Pro Wrestling has followed the wishes of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 2/26 who asked all sports leagues and cultural events to postpone activities for the next two weeks to control spreading of the disease.

A number of sports and entertainment events such as major concerts were immediately canceled, including the Japanese Major League announcing 72 preseason games be played without spectators including Yomiuri Giants games at the Tokyo Dome. Japanese Rugby Union canceled 16 games. The Japanese Pro Volleyball League, Pro Basketball league, Pro Tennis company and Figure Skating Championships as well as J-League Soccer have all canceled games and competitions over the next few weeks. Concerts with the biggest touring musical acts like Exile, AKB48 and Perfume were all canceled. Large movie theaters have also shut down for the time being.

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