LONDON — It has been a mixed week for Japan in the Premiership. One player has arrived, one is on his way back from injury while the former national coach was beaten to the Republic of Ireland job by someone few people outside Ireland had ever heard of.

One estimate suggested that around 100 Japanese media representatives were present at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground and the posse, which has seen Junichi Inamoto drop out of the spotlight at Fulham, was delighted to have a new focus in Kazuyuki Toda.

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