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Japan eased to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Costa Rica in a Kirin Challenge Cup friendly on Sunday, the first home match for coach Asako Takakura since taking over last April.

Kumi Yokoyama struck from the edge of the area in the first half before Mina Tanaka and Yuka Momiki netted after the break in a game held to support Kumamoto Prefecture, struck by two big earthquakes mid-April last year that directly killed 50 people.

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