Gary Garland / the japanese insider
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April 5, 2002 - The team that has not been back to the Japan Series the longest is the Chiba Lotte Marines, who last went to the championship faceoff in 1974, when it was known as the Lotte Orions. The second longest is Nippon Ham, which hasn't won a pennant since 1981.
In any event, the Orions played the Chunichi Dragons in 1974 and won it all, four games to two.
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