Japanese leagues want fan restrictions eased as Covid-19 cases fall

The opening ceremony of the Japanese professional baseball match between Seibu and Nippon Ham. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP via Getty Images).

Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball and J-League have appealed to the country's government to increase the 5,000-spectator cap on attendances at their matches.

The baseball and football leagues' joint appeal suggests increasing the maximum attendance to 20,000 or 50 per cent of a venue's capacity, whichever is lower, Kyodo News reported. Since July 10, venues in Japan have been allowed to hold up to half of their capacity or 5,000 people, whichever is lower.

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