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Most watched sports on TV or on the internet Japan 2019, by gender

In 2019, professional baseball (NPB) was the most popular sports type watched on TV or the internet by men in Japan, with an attendance rate of almost 56 percent. The largest share of female respondents, about 41 percent, stated that they watched figure skating on screen. In total, close to 76 percent of all the respondents reported that they watched sports on screen during the last year.

Most popular sports watched on television in Japan in 2019, by gender

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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


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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