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All eyes will be on new Nadeshiko Japan manager Asako Takakura and her newly assembled charges when Japan faces world champion United States on Thursday in the first game of a two-match friendly tour.

The 48-year-old Takakura, who led Japan to titles at the 2014 Under-17 Women’s World Cup and the 2015 Asian U-19 Championship, called up five uncapped players in her first selection as the new era awaits the 2011 World Cup winners.

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