There may be no instrumental cheering for the Dragons during home games at Nagoya Dome this season due various issues that have come between the Chunichi Dragons organization and the All Japan Chunichi Dragons Private Cheering Group Union.
The NPB and the twelve NPB teams have established an Pro Yakyu Anti-Organized Crime Committee that has been tasked to eliminate organized crime from the league. Two Chunichi cheer groups (Nagoya Hakuryu Kai and the Ryushin Kai) were banned from the NPB in the past due to alleged ties with organized crime groups.
According to an announcement by the Dragons, there are no officially licensed cheer groups based out of the Tokai region this year. Four groups have been placed on hold. A cheer group in Tokyo has been granted a license.
The All Japan Chunichi Dragons Private Cheering Group Union has issued a statement at their website claiming none of their cheer groups received official licenses and that talks with the NPB broke off before an agreement could be reached. The union also posted documents from the Pro Yakyu Anti-Organized Crime Committee that state the ban on the Nagoya Hakuryu Kai and the Ryushin Kai will remain, that licenses for four cheer groups -- Nagoya Tatsuru Kai, Nagoya Dragons Kai, Dragons Aiko Kai, and the Hokuriki Dragons Oendan -- will be placed on hold until the All-Star break, and that if the required changes are not made before the All-Star break, the licenses on hold will be completely revoked.
A report by Sports Hochi filed on Thursday adds that the Dragons might try to look for other groups interested in cheering with instruments. However, there are a number of problems with this plan: other groups may not step forward as a sign of solidarity (or out of fear) and even if a group were to step forward, they would be required to re-write all the cheer songs since rights to the current cheers belong to the All Japan Chunichi Dragons Private Cheering Group Union.