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Japan's national women's soccer team, Nadeshiko Japan, trains in Chiba on Feb. 13.
Feb 20, 2024
Japan heads to Saudi Arabia for Olympic qualifier against N. Korea
The game against North Korea was initially scheduled to be held in Pyongyang.
Junya Ito's lawyers speak to reporters on Monday in the city of Osaka.
Feb 19, 2024
Junya Ito files lawsuit seeking ¥202 million from women accusing him of sexual assault
Soccer player Junya Ito filed a lawsuit with the Osaka District Court on Monday seeking about ¥202 million in compensation from two women who alleged the winger and his trainer sexually assaulted them last year.
Japan's Hiroki Ito stands on the pitch with his teammates after their loss against Iran in the Asian Cup quarterfinals in Doha on Saturday.
Feb 5, 2024
Japan's Asian Cup exit raises questions ahead of World Cup qualifiers in North Korea
Former Japan star Keisuke Honda, who was part of the team that won the Asian Cup in 2011, said the country's soccer needed "innovative change."
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu and Takumi Minamino look dejected after the team lost its quarterfinal match to Iran on Saturday.
Feb 4, 2024
Japan's well-traveled squad tastes bitter pill at Asian Cup
The exit was a predictable end to the tournament for a team that never lived up to its billing as favorites.
Iran forward Sardar Azmoun shoots the ball past Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu during the teams' quarterfinal clash at the Asian Cup in Qatar on Saturday.
Feb 3, 2024
Iran eliminates Japan from Asian Cup after late penalty
Iran, which won due to a converted penalty from the team's captain, had not beaten Japan in 19 years.
Japan midfielder Junya Ito has been accused of sexual assault by two women. Ito's laywer says he has denied the claims.
Feb 2, 2024
Junya Ito again out of Japan squad amid sexual assault allegations
The Japan Football Association had initially said Thursday the player was leaving but then backtracked on that decision later in the day.
Japan midfielder Junya Ito in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Sept. 9. Police have said that an investigation has been launched into claims of sexual assault involving the soccer player, allegations he denies.
Feb 1, 2024
Ito leaves Japan soccer team after sexual assault claims
Two women claimed Ito sexually assaulted them last year, but the player's lawyer said he has denied their claims
Japan's Junya Ito, seen during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is accused of involving himself in a sexual act with two women without their consent last year.
Feb 1, 2024
Japan midfielder Junya Ito accused of sexual assault
Police are probing the allegation, according to a major publisher's news website and an investigative source.
Iran's Mehdi Taremi celebrates after scoring against Syria during their Asian Cup match in Doha on Wednesday.
Feb 1, 2024
Iran promises to be 'more united' against Japan in Asian Cup quarterfinals
Midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi said he saw Iran being dragged through extra time and penalties will make the team stronger for its match with Japan.
Japan's Wataru Endo (right) and Bahrain's Mohamed Al-Hardan vie for the ball during their Asian Cup match in Doha on Wednesday.
Feb 1, 2024
Wataru Endo warns Japan about road ahead after reaching Asian Cup quarterfinals
Questions remain for Hajime Moriyasu's side, which was the tournament favorite but has yet to keep a clean sheet in four games in Qatar.
Japan's Ritsu Doan (center) in action with Bahrain's Jasim Al-Shaikh during the two teams' Asian Cup last-16 clash in Doha on Wednesday.
Jan 31, 2024
Japan reaches Asian Cup last 8 with 3-1 win over Bahrain
While Japan progressed with little trouble, a shaky set-piece defense saw the side unable to keep a clean sheet once again.
Japan players train in Doha on Tuesday ahead of a last-16 knockout match against Bahrain in the Asian Cup tournament on Wednesday.
Jan 31, 2024
Moriyasu and Endo calmly confident ahead of Asian Cup knockouts
The Samurai Blue, 17th in the FIFA rankings, have had a six-day interval to ready themselves to face Bahrain.
Bahrain manager Juan Antonio Pizzi will lead his team against Japan in the last 16 of the Asian Cup on Wednesday.
Jan 26, 2024
Bahrain manager Juan Antonio Pizzi confident ahead of clash against Japan
Bahrain has "high morale" heading into its last-16 clash against Japan at the Asian Cup in Qatar, manager Juan Antonio Pizzi said Thursday.
Japan's Takumi Minamino (right) and Iraq's Ibrahim Bayesh vie for the ball during their Asian Cup match in Doha on Jan. 19.
Jan 26, 2024
Japan to face Bahrain in Asian Cup Round of 16
Japan clinched its spot in the knockout stage on with a 3-1 win over Indonesia on Wednesday.
Vietman's Pham Tuan Hai scores past Japan's Zion Suzuki (right) during their match at the Asian Cup in Doha on Jan. 14.
Jan 25, 2024
JFA condemns online abuse of Japan goalkeeper keeper Zion Suzuki
Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima on Wednesday condemned online abuse directed at Japan goalkeeper Zion Suzuki.
Japan players celebrate after Ayase Ueda scored the team's second goal during Samurai Blue's win over Indonesia on Wednesday.
Jan 24, 2024
Japan cruises past Indonesia to reach Asian Cup last 16
Ayase Ueda struck in each half to go with a late Indonesia own goal in Doha to send the pre-tournament favorites through as group runners-up behind Iraq.
Brighton & Hove Albion's Kaoru Mitoma (left) in action with Crystal Palace's Nathaniel Clyne at Selhurtst Park, London, on Dec. 21. Mitoma has not played since hurting his ankle in the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Jan 23, 2024
'Worry' for Japan as Mitoma misses training ahead of Asian Cup clash
The Brighton winger has not played since hurting his ankle in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Dec. 21.
Japan's Zion Suzuki (top) and Yukinari Sugawara (bottom) in action with Iraq's Youssef Amyn in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Friday.
Jan 23, 2024
Japan goalkeeper racially abused online after Asian Cup errors
The news comes after two instances of racist abuse directed at players in Italy and England during matches.
Iraq's Ahmed Yahya (left) and Japan's Ritsu Doan fight for the ball during their match at the Asian Cup on Friday.
Jan 22, 2024
Physical Arab teams taking fight to heavyweights at Asian Cup
Jordan coach Hussein Ammouta said "Arab teams playing on Arab turf" in Qatar must take the fight to their opponents.
Yasuhito Endo celebrates his goal with teammate Gotoku Sakai during an Asian Cup group match against Palestine in 2015.
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Jan 21, 2024
Unorthodox Japan icon Yasuhito Endo signs off in typical fashion
Endo spent his entire career in Japan, amassing 672 J1 appearances with Kyoto Sanga, Gamba Osaka and Iwata.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves