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The Kanto region of Tokyo continues to experience planned blackouts.  Conflicts are brewing between organizations and institutions regarding how they should continue their activities in light of such electricity problems.  An example is the baseball industry.  The baseball season is starting again in Japan. After the disaster, although Pacific League decided that they will postpone the season opening to April 12th instead of March 25th, but the Central League will start as it had been planned.  This means that a game between Giants and Bay Stars will be held in Tokyo Dome (home of the Yomiuri Giants) on the 25th. It is an in-door stadium with 55,000 seats, requiring some 50,000 to 60,000 kilowatts of electricity on a game day. To put this number into perspective, it equals the amount of electricity needed by approximately 6,000 households.
    The Economy, Trade and Industry Minister, Banri Kaieda, told the Yomiuri Giants that it would be helpful
if the team could have a game elsewhere far from the Kanto area so it doesn't stretch the demands of electricity.
Moreover, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology requested that Nippon Professional
Baseball (NPB) to refrain from night games within the areas that have a shortage of electricity.  Even the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association requested a NPB postponement or at least reconsideration of holding night games.
    Despite these objections, the two teams decided to have the game as planned.  It's unclear what effect this would have on the fans - on the one hand many people may welcome the respite provided by the professional ball players, on the other hand many may resent the seemingly wanton use of electricity during a crisis.

 


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