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Stuttgart will not release striker Shinji Okazaki to play for Japan at the Copa America in Argentina this summer, the director of sport for the German Bundesliga club said Saturday.

Fredi Bobic gave a clear “No” Saturday when asked if Okazaki would be made available for the July 1-24 tournament, saying, “Is Japan in South America? It’s in Asia isn’t it.”

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