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Chants of 'Mera Bharat Mahaan' reaches Ariake Coliseum

Being the only Indian scribe in the large Japanese media contingent can be a little unnerving, but one was pleasantly surprised to bump into  a few Indian tennis fans. "I'm from Jharkhand but I work in Tokyo.

I came here to support the players. I'm happy that Mahesh and Rohan won the doubles after our disappointing losses in the singles on Friday," said Rakesh. "There are only six of us at the stadium but we also created quite a ruckus shouting  'Mera Bharat Mahaan'." The Japanese with their cheer sticks made a deafening noise and kept screaming 'Nippon (Japan), Nippon (Japan)'."                                                             

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Tokyo's only Japanese English daily newspaper The Japan Times made no mention of the Japan-India Davis Cup tie. The timings feature in the Today's Action section otherwise one would have been oblivious that there was tennis being played! Baseball is splashed all over the sports pages. In Japan, baseball is a religion, much like cricket in  India.

 

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