Soccer / J. League

Akita reveals retirement plans


Former Japan defender Yutaka Akita said he will end his career at the end of this season due to his reduced playing time with J. League second-division club Kyoto Sanga. “I had decided to quit if I didn’t get to play half of the (48) games this season,” Akita said in the team’s practice field in Joyo, Kyoto Prefecture. “I had a satisfactory career — winning titles in my years with Kashima Antlers and playing in World Cup matches.” It was his first season with Kyoto after moving from first-division side Nagoya Grampus Eight. Akita was a member of the Japanese squads in the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2002 World Cup co-hosted by Japan and South Korea.