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Japanese TV points heatstroke alert, says to keep away from train, however retains displaying highschool baseball sport

Japanese tv applications love placing all types of textual content and graphics on-screen. It’s one thing sports activities broadcasts have all the time been particularly keen on, and even since lengthy earlier than abroad broadcasters adopted the observe, baseball on TV in Japan resembled a online game, with a continuing show of the rating, inning, pitch rely, and baserunner standing.

So when this 12 months’s summer season Koshien nationwide highschool baseball match opened final Sunday, folks tuning in to look at it on TV naturally anticipated to see plenty of telops, as Japan calls the onscreen overlays. But issues took a surreal flip as one particular sort of overlay saved displaying up.


See the primary three characters within the above overlay, 熱中症? Those are the kanji for nechuusho, or heatstroke. Japan is presently in the course of a extreme warmth wave, and the temperature in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, the place the Koshien match takes place, hit a daytime excessive of 38 levels Celsius (100.4 levels Fahrenheit) on Sunday. And no, this wasn’t a dry warmth – like most of Japan, Hyogo is each scorching and humid in the summertime. So all through the sport, viewers noticed overlays notifying them of a heatstroke warning (熱中症警戒).

Things bought much more surreal when nationwide broadcaster NHK put up an overlay, seen within the photograph beneath, saying “In principle, let’s suspend or postpone outside exercise” as the 2 groups of teenagers continued the competition.


In its protection of the opening sport between Ibaraki Prefecture’s Tsuchiura Nihon University High School and Nagano Prefecture’s Ueda Nishi High School, NHK put up completely different overlays for various elements of the nation. For Hyogo, it went past the “heatstroke caution” to “heatstroke caution alert” (熱中症警戒アラート)


One of the warnings additionally included the unsettling, although clever, recommendation of “In the case of severe symptoms such as loss of consciousness, call an ambulance.”

With this summer season being particularly scorching, the match has launched a 10-minute “cooling time” interval after video games’ fifth inning, roughly the half-way level. The groups’ benches even have cooling followers put in behind them, and ice vests and neck coolers are additionally accessible. None of that has a lot impact when the gamers are enjoying the sport, although. Just after the top of the sixth inning, when Tsuchiura Nihon University High had been fielding, one of many group’s gamers collapsed and needed to be carried off the sector on a stretcher. The group’s coach later stated that the boy had fallen due to a leg or foot cramp, a situation that may be triggered or intensified because of dehydration. The coach stated that the boy’s physique temperature on the time was measured at round 45 levels Celsius.

Tsuchiura Nihon University High would go on to win the sport by a rating of 8 to three.

Self-sacrifice and enjoying by ache are large elements of Japan’s sports activities ethos, particularly for youth sports activities and particularly for baseball. Still, the jarring juxtaposition of being advised “It’s too dangerously hot to exercise outside” similtaneously “Watch these kids competing in the midday sun!” is prompting social media reactions reminiscent of

“This makes no sense at all.”

“Are [the organizers’] brains functioning?”

“Shouldn’t this qualify as abuse?”

“There’s something wrong about this.”

“You wouldn’t still have a baseball under a storm warning [so why would you under a heatstroke alert], right?”

“I’m not just worried about the players, I’m worried about the people in the stands too.”

With consultant groups from all of Japan’s 47 prefectures gathering for the match, and households, college, and classmates additionally attending, one might argue that Koshien, logistically, can solely be held throughout the summer season trip interval. What looks like it could possibly be completed, although, is to play at the very least among the video games at night time. For this 12 months’s match, the earliest sport begin time is 8 a.m., and no sport has a beginning time later than 3:45 p.m. It’s nonetheless blisteringly scorching at 3:45 within the afternoon, although, and shifting some video games again just a few hours, say, one beginning at nightfall and one other fully after sunset, would go a good distance in stopping heatstroke.

Such a shift wouldn’t be with out difficulties, although. All of the Koshien video games are performed on the identical area, which implies they should be performed one by one. With Koshien Stadium being such hallowed floor, coaches, followers, and gamers too would doubtless react very negatively to having their sport moved to an alternate web site. With 4 video games a day being performed within the match’s early rounds, and roughly two and a half hours allotted for every, there’s not sufficient time to suit all of them in after sundown with out increasing the variety of whole days within the match.

That’s simpler stated than completed for 2 causes. First, as talked about above, many members of the family and college students journey with the group, and an extended match means they’d should spend extra on resort and different journey bills. In addition, Koshien Stadium is ordinarily the house floor of the Hanshin Tigers skilled baseball group. The Tigers vacate Koshien Stadium throughout the match, enjoying video games both on the highway or at their alternate quasi-home stadium, Kyocera Dome Osaka. Much like with households needing to make longer resort reservations for an extended Koshien match, although, If the Tigers had been to increase their summer season keep at Kyocera Dome Osaka, further charges for the group could be concerned.

None of these scheduling considerations could be a lot of an impediment, although in rescheduling the match’s later-round video games, when fewer are performed every day, or its championship sport, to after sunset. There remains to be the difficulty of night time video games themselves being dearer, although, since lighting up a professional-grade stadium, which Koshien is, isn’t low cost.

All of these potential issues appear to be they could possibly be labored out, although. While the Koshien match is an novice sports activities competitors and NHK a public broadcaster, the video games’ broadcasts draw big tv viewership numbers and comparably sized sponsorships from firms that see worth in having their identify seen by the mixed tens of millions of individuals on the stadium and watching from dwelling. The match itself is usually offered as a showcase of exemplary willpower and perseverance by the younger gamers, so it doesn’t appear unreasonable to count on the adults who manage it to work a bit of tougher at making it safer and higher for the youngsters on the sector.

Sources: Tokyo Sports Web through Yahoo! Japan News through Jin, Nikkan Gendai, Goo Weather, Koko Yakyu News, Twitter

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