Japan Lifts State Of Emergency, Empty Arena Sports Can Begin On June 19

In what appears to be a positive sign for the return of Japanese pro wresting, Japan has lifted its state of emergency. 

Japan will slowly begin re-opening its economy in phases to keep residents safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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In regards to sports, empty arena shows can begin being held on June 19. Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan has already been approved to begin its season on that date.

On July 10, 50% capacity up to 5,000 will be allowed. On August 1, 50% of max capacity will be allowed. 

New Japan Pro-Wrestling has canceled all events through June 6. Their latest update stated, "NJPW is continuing to explore the possibility of presenting matches without fans in attendance if staff and wrestler health and safety can be protected to the highest possible standard."

All Japan, Dragon Gate, and Pro Wrestling NOAH, and other promotions have held empty arena shows during the pandemic. 

NJPW has not made an announcement regarding Dominion, which is scheduled for June 14, or any plans to hold empty arena shows. 

In a speech on May 13, NJPW President Harold Meij discussed why NJPW hasn't held empty arena shows and assured fans the promotion will return stronger than ever. You can find his full comments by clicking here.

 

 

 

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