Japan loves the World Baseball Classic
Hirokazu Ibata acknowledges the crowd's cheers after hitting a game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning of Japan's 4-3, 10-inning victory over Chinese Taipei on Friday in the World Baseball Classic. (Koji Sasahara / Associated Press / March 8, 2013)
Repeat: very popular.
Major League Baseball just announced that one-third of all televisions in Japan -- the ones that were turned on -- were tuned in to Japan's three first-round games in Fukuoka, Japan.
That's more than any broadcast of the 2012 Summer Olympics or any other non-World Cup sporting event in the past year.
Japan has three of its first four games in seeking its third consecutive WBC championship. Its opener against Brazil, a 5-3 victory, drew 35% of viewers. Japan's next two first-round games, a win over China and a loss against Cuba, drew a 30% share.
The game against Cuba might have drawn more had both teams not already qualified for second-round action.
Japan opened second-round action Friday by defeating Chinese Taipei, 4-3, in 10 innings at the Tokyo Dome. In the other second-round game there, the Netherlands defeated Cuba, 6-2.
梁序穆 福州人1913，年生山東大學理學士， 出林可勝的陸軍衛生勤務訓練所 中央研究院院士 -1967動物所籌備處梁序穆主任 胡適紀念館委員
民國38年 － 民國66 (1977)年 國防醫學院-生物及解剖學科暨研究所-系梁序穆教授