Japan focus

Rebuilding in Japan

March 29, 2011
By John Duerden
It is almost a year ago to the day since the Japan national team played Serbia at Nagai Stadium in Osaka. A 3-0 defeat, the latest in a series of poor results, ensured the most miserable lap of honour seen for many a year. At that point, 46,000 fans gave the thumbs down and left, hardly noticing the beautiful cherry blossom trees that were in full bloom, to share their misgivings about the coach and worries about the World Cup.

On Tuesday evening, the arena will be similarly united, but ...

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