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Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto and Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano were among the foreign-based players named on the Japan national team for next month’s friendly soccer games against New Zealand and Haiti, the Japan Football Association said Thursday.

But regulars Keisuke Honda of Pachuca, Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Makoto Hasebe were dropped from the 24-man squad for the Oct. 6 match against New Zealand and Oct. 10 meeting with Haiti.

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