Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has signed a two-year contract extension with Wolfsburg, the Bundesliga club have announced.
Mexico held England to a 1-1 draw in their Women's World Cup Group B opener after an error by Karen Bardsley gifted Monica Ocampo an equaliser. Elsewhere, Japan moved to the top of the group with a deserved 2-1 victory over New Zealand in front of 15,000 fans in Bochum.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni wants his players to move abroad to play football at a higher level before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Japan have pulled out of playing in this summer's Copa America, with Blue Samurai chiefs citing the country's recent devastating earthquake and the subsequent rescheduling of the J-League as a key factor.
President of the Japanese Football Association Junji Ogura is delighted that the J. League returned to action on Saturday following the devastating earthquake that hit the region earlier in the year.
Japan will play Peru and Czech Republic in the Kirin Cup in early June the Japan Football Association have announced.
Japan will play in this summer's Copa America if they can secure the release of their Europe-based players for the tournament in Argentina.
Japan have pulled out of this summer's Copa America tournament, as the country continues to deal with the fallout from the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that has devastated the country.
Japan boss Alberto Zaccheroni saluted a heroic effort from his players after Tadahari Lee's goal in the second period of extra-time secured a record fourth Asian Cup triumph with a 1-0 win over Australia.
The Asian Football Confederation confirmed it will take no action over Ki Sung-Yeung's perceived racist celebration following his goal for South Korea against Japan in Tuesday's Asian Cup semi-final.