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Nippon Professional Baseball decided Thursday at its executive committee meeting to hold a third All-Star Game this year to wipe out the debts of the game’s governing body, sources said.

It will be the first time since 2001 that three All-Star Games will be played.

NPB, which has been in the red for four straight years, had originally planned two games on July 22 and 23 at Nagoya Dome and Chiba Marine Stadium, which from March will be known as QVC Marine Field.

But the second game is now expected to take place at Tokyo Dome with the third to be held in Chiba on July 24.

Meanwhile, NPB also confirmed it would send the Japan Series champions to participate in the Asia Series if it goes ahead in November in Taiwan.

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