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Harumi Hara, the Japan Football Association’s technical director, will be responsible for selecting Japan’s next coach, the JFA technical committee confirmed Tuesday.

Meeting in an extraordinary session, the technical committee summarized Japan’s failed efforts at the World Cup, but left the decision on the new coach in Hara’s hands. Multiple sources on Monday reported that the JFA had narrowed its candidates down to one man, 55-year-old Mexican Javier Aguirre, who coached Mexico to the second round at both the 2002 and 2010 World Cups and has been coaching in Spain’s La Liga.

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