• Kyodo


Six people were questioned on suspicion of trespassing at International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday night during the Japan-Russia World Cup soccer match, police said Monday.

The six, including an 18-year-old university student from Ibaraki Prefecture, are suspected of separately entering the stadium by climbing over the fence, railing, or entering through gaps, the police said.

Also, police said they warned a 21-year-old university student from Kanagawa Prefecture for lighting a smoke canister and brandishing it in the stadium after the game, which Japan won 1-0. The canister was confiscated.

Hopes for Japan soar

More than 80 percent of respondents to an Internet poll conducted early Monday believe Japan will be able to move into the knockout stages of the World Cup finals.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, 81 percent of the 1,736 who responded to a poll conducted jointly by Yahoo Japan Corp. and Kyodo News entertained this hope, compared with 54 percent in the previous poll May 31, the opening day of the finals.

The World Cup finals are being cohosted by Japan and South Korea and will run through June 30.

Participants in the poll were allowed one vote each and asked to select one of seven choices on the Japanese national team’s prospects after its first World Cup win Sunday night against Russia.

Twenty-nine percent said Japan had high potential and could reach the top eight, followed by 26 percent who said Japan was highly likely to advance to the second round, and 16 percent who said they were sure Japan would advance to the second round.

Five percent of the respondents said Japan could crack the top four, while another 5 percent said the team could win the World Cup.

The world is watching

Foreign media organizations reported on Japan’s first-ever World Cup victory after Japan beat Russia 1-0 Sunday in Yokohama.

Reuters ran a story headlined: “Japan makes history with first World Cup finals win.”

The Associated Press also reported on the win and the ruckus it sparked in Russia in the story: “Japan upsets Russia; Russians riot.”

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