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Spring is a time of two things: hope and . . . baseball. And — unless you are a Chicago Cubs fan — those two often go together.

Perhaps no place is baseball hope quite so high as in Japan, where the sport enjoys more than just a seasonal flowering. Here baseball stays in bloom even in coldest winter, kept alive and fresh by a media that seemingly has nothing else to cover.

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