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The Softbank Hawks have decided not to allow starting catcher Kenji Jojima to take part in spring training with a major-league team as requested by the player, club officials said Wednesday.

Hawks manager Sadaharu Oh and executive Masashi Tsunoda agreed that the few weeks of Jojima’s absence will only be a minus to the Pacific League team, which is gearing up to open its inaugural season under new owner Softbank Corp.

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