Thousands sign petition to save ‘sacred’ Jingu Stadium in Tokyo

Thousands of baseball fans have signed a petition to save the nearly 100-year-old Tokyo stadium that once played with Babe Ruth and inspired best-selling author Haruki Murakami to pick up a pen for the first time.

Often compared to America’s legendary Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, Jingu Stadium is scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt as part of a massive redevelopment project that will surround it and the equally famous rugby ground with towering skyscrapers and hotels.

“The people of Tokyo will regret this,” said Robert Whiting, who has written books about Japanese baseball and launched an online petition over the weekend to save the stadium, which “smells of history.”

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