This week, there will be lots of television activity to help soccer enthusiasts prepare for the World Cup, which starts Saturday.

NHK’s digital Hi-Vision channel will show a series of important games featuring Japan’s opponents in the opening round: Belgium on May 27, Russia on the 28th and Tunisia on the 30th. All the games will start at 7:30 p.m. On the 30th, there will be a special program analyzing Japan’s chances against these teams.

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