Eariler I had posted a story from a South African newspaper's Japan reporter.
In his column there was this passage:
And in Japan, an unprecedented players strike in 2004 turned more fans off from the sport they call "yakyu".
I don't know if the writer (Shaun Tandon) realized that the strike in Japan was just on weekends and was resolved within two weeks. The 2004 strike in Japan was nothing like what went on in MLB in 1994.
Also, the Daily Yomiuri released the results of a public opinion poll of the most popular sports in Japan.
Baseball remained the most popular spectator sport in Japan. The second most popular spectator sport is marathons, then ekiden which is a long distance relay race. Soccer was fifth. Marathons were the most popular spectator sport among Japanese women.
Remember that the Daily Yomiuri and the baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants, are owned by the same company.
The Giants were the most popular team according to the survey with the Hanshin Tigers finishing in second.
I don't know if cab drivers were asked for their opinions.