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apan eased past Hong Kong 6-0 to begin its East Asian Football Federation E-1 Championship on Tuesday as the three starting forwards of Takuma Nishimura, Yuki Soma and Shuto Machino each hit a brace.

Hajime Moriyasu called up an entirely J. League-based side for the tournament as his players excelled in a rare chance to impress the manager with the World Cup in Qatar just four months away.

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