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Masafumi Kawaguchi one of the nation’s top football players, was missing when the American Football Association of Japan announced the 45-man national squad for the second World Cup of American football on Thursday at a Tokyo hotel.

The World Cup is scheduled to take place from July 10-12 in Frankfurt. Besides Japan, the 1999 World Cup champion, France (European champion), Mexico (representative of North and South America) and host Germany are taking part. The United States has never participated in the International Federation of American Football event.

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