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.”
In light of recommendations made by the Japanese Ministry of Health connected to Coronavirus COVID-19, NJPW has arrived at the decision to cancel all events between March 1 and March 15.
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 26, 2020
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 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:
Sunday March 1: Mito Municipal Gymnasium, Ibaraki
Monday March 2: Big Palette Fukushima
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