02 Apr '11, 10am

J-League matches to kick off before 2pm to save energy.

J-League matches to kick off before 2pm to save energy.

J-League team stands ahead of their charity match at Nagai stadium in Osaka. Matches in Japan's J-League will kick off before 2 pm to help save energy. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - MATCHES in Japan's J-League will kick off before 2 pm to help save energy after March's deadly earthquake and tsunami knocked out a nuclear power plant. The J-League also said matches in May would start by 4 pm as Japan battles power shortages and planned blackouts to reduce the strain on the country's electricity grid. Japanese baseball has also pulled the plug on night games following the March 11 quake and tsunami that left more than 11,000 dead and over 15,000 missing in north-east Japan. Japan's Kashima Antlers will play Yokohama F-Marinos in Tokyo when the J-League restarts on April 23 with their stadium still undergoing repairs from quake damage, the league said. The club's 2002 World Cup st...

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