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The Japan Pro Footballers Association tiptoed around the issue of a potential labor strike on Wednesday, one day after Japan Football Association President Junji Ogura dared the players to boycott national team games.

“We never said we were definitely going to boycott or go on strike,” said JPFA chief Toshiya Fujita, a former Japanese international now with Roasso Kumamoto of the J. League second division. “For the sake of everyone’s future, now is the time to seriously talk things through.”

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