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Most participated live sporting events Japan 2016, by annual spectators

The statistic illustrates the results of a survey about the most popular live sports events at gymnasiums/arenas or stadiums in Japan, based on the estimated annual number of spectators in 2016. In the measured period, professional baseball (NPB) ranked highest, with an estimated annual 38.6 million live spectators.

Most popular live sports events at gymnasiums/arenas or stadiums in Japan in 2016, by annual number of spectators (in millions)*

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Release date

March 2017



Survey time period

June 10 to July 10, 2016

Number of respondents

3,000 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

*Estimated participants: Calculated by applying the participation rate to the population of 106,300,916 people 18 years old and over (from the basic resident register on January 1st, 2015). The annual figures was calculated by multiplying the estimated number of spectators with the average frequency of people watching games per year.
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