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Japan Football Association chairman Saburo Kawabuchi hinted Wednesday that Japan could make an about face and cancel two friendlies in the United States at the end of this month if a U.S.-led war against Iraq begins.

“There is still time before we depart (for the U.S.) and we need to monitor the situation very closely before making a decision (on whether to go ahead with the tour).”

Kawabuchi said that “a final decision will be made” at a JFA council meeting on Friday.

Japan is set to depart Sunday to play Uruguay in San Diego next Wednesday and the U.S. in Seattle three days later.

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