NJPW Cancels Several Shows Due to Coronavirus Fears

NJPW announced that they have canceled 11 shows in Japan that were scheduled from March 1-15 due to “recommendations by the Japanese Ministry of Health connected to the new Coronavirus COVID-19.”

Shows canceled include the NJPW Anniversary Tour and the New Japan Cup.

The first detected case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Japan was on January 28 and there have been a total of 847 confirmed cases as of today in or just offshore of Japan, with six deaths, according to the New York Times.

Last week, Stardom also canceled several shows in Japan because of coronavirus fears.

NJPW’s announcement:

NJPW events March 1-15 canceled

In light of recommendations made on February 26 by the Japanese Ministry of Health connected to the new Coronavirus COVID-19, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to cancel all live events scheduled between Sunday March 1 and Sunday March 15.

Further announcements will be made at a later date. All ticket holders will be refunded. Please check njpw1972.com and social media in the coming days for details on the refund procedure.

NJPW has reached this difficult decision after careful consideration. Ultimately, the health and safety of our fans, staff and wrestlers is our highest concern. We remain deeply appreciative of your support of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

The following events are affected by today’s decision:

Anniversary Tour

Sunday March 1: Mito Municipal Gymnasium, Ibaraki

Monday March 2: Big Palette Fukushima

Anniversary Event

Tuesday March 3: Ota City Gymnasium, Tokyo

New Japan Cup

Wednesday March 4: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Saturday March 7: Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

Sunday March 8: Baycom Gymnasium, Hyogo

Monday March 9: Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium

Tuesday March 10: ZIP Arena Okayama

Thursday March 12: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Friday March 13: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Saturday March 14: Makuhari Messe, Chiba