TOKYO (FNS) -- Since J-League, Japan's professional soccer league, opened its first season May 15, 1993, it has become one of the bright spots in the nation's sluggish consumer economy and a boon to food retailers. About 4 million people have come to see the games, and total ticket sales were expected to reach 10 billion yen ($92 million U.S.) over the season, which ended with the league championship match yesterday. Revenues from product licensing look to be far greater. J-League-related ...

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