YOKOHAMA — In an abrupt turnabout, Yokohama BayStars, a Central League pro-baseball club, on Thursday scrapped plans to have the National Defense Academy’s honor guard fire a gun salute at its season opener today at Yokohama Stadium.

The reversal was decided upon Wednesday evening, following a request from the Yokohama Municipal Government. “With youths going wild with an obsession for lethal weapons such as butterfly knives and guns, we thought the gun salute was not appropriate,” an official from the board of education’s sports department told The Japan Times.

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