Ichiro, Matsui hit the center stage

With Ichiro and Hideki Matsui facing off in the Bronx, all of Japan will be watching with great interest.

Originally Published: April 30, 2003
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

The greater Tokyo metropolitan area has more people than any other city on the planet, with a population density (17,500 people per square mile) that is more than three times higher than New York City. The city is so crowded that the subway system employs uniformed men in white gloves to shove passengers into the trains so that the doors can close. It is so crowded that a friend of mine who regularly rode the Tokyo subway said he counted 16 people touching him at one time.

The greatest concentration ...

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