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Most watched sports on TV or on the internet Japan 2019

According to a survey conducted in 2019, professional baseball (Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball) was the most popular sports-type watched either on TV or the internet by people in Japan. High school baseball followed closely at slightly over 44 percent.

Most popular sports to watch on television or the internet in Japan in 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

November 22 to December 13, 2019

Number of respondents

20,000 respondents

Age group

18-79 years

Special properties

multiple answers possible; respondents who watched sports on TV or the internet within the last year

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Ekiden is a long-distance relay race.
**J League is a Japanese professional football league and has three divisions with J1 League on the top.

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