A last-minute loss to Kawasaki Frontale may have checked FC Tokyo’s charge up the J. League table last weekend, but it will take more than one defeat to wipe out the steady progress the capital city club has made over the past six months.

Tokyo sits in sixth place as a result of Hiroyuki Taniguchi’s late intervention at Todoroki Stadium, and while that position might not differ greatly from the same stage last season, the improvement on the field has been more tangible.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.