For some Japan watchers, there was one event this week even more important than Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to proceed with a national sales tax hike: a baseball game.
On Sunday, Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh's single-season record of 55 home runs was broken by a foreigner, Curaçaoan native Wladimir Balentien of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.
Why should investors care?
Japanese fans were rooting for a foreigner to break the sacred sports record, signaling a change in psyche for the world's third-largest economy, according to Ed Rogers, CEO of Rogers Investment Advisors, a Tokyo-based hedge funds adviser.
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