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The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks may be in the middle of an epoch-making run in Japanese baseball that could — if other teams can emulate the way they operate on and off the field— cause a shift in the game.

That, however, remains to be seen. What we know for certain, and with even greater clarity after the Hawks secured a fourth straight Japan Series title with a 4-1 win over the Yomiuri Giants in Game 4 on Wednesday, is that this era of Japanese baseball, without question, belongs to SoftBank.

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