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Japan's baseball commissioner: It's 'unfortunate'

Updated: March 19, 2003, 11:04 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- To many Japanese, tensions between the United States and Iraq have seemed a distant storm. On Wednesday, thousands of baseball fans here got a taste of it when a long-awaited two-game series between Oakland and Seattle was cancelled.

"I find it extremely unfortunate, but it's because of war and there is little we can do," Japan's baseball commissioner, Hiromori Kawashima, said.

"I understand they wanted to be careful because of uncertainty involving a war," he added. ...

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