Saburo Kawabuchi, chairman of the Japan Football Association, said Saturday the national team’s soccer friendlies in North America scheduled for next month are to be canceled regardless of whether the United States goes to war with Iraq.

“Even if no war breaks out, there is no telling how things will develop and it’s not worth taking unnecessary risks,” said Kawabuchi, who arrived in Japan with national team coach Zico after attending Wednesday’s draw for the 2003 Confederations Cup in Paris.

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