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Japan’s team, which bowed out in the group stage of the ongoing World Cup without winning a match, was greeted by about 1,000 well-wishers after arriving at Narita airport on Friday.

Cheers rang out from the crowd as Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni and his players, all of them dressed in suits, appeared looking stone-faced from the terminal gate. One of the signs held up by child read, “Thank you for the dreams!”

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