Japan thrashed Syria 5-0 to finish top of their World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday.
Shinji Okazaki is revelling in the chance to make headlines across the world with Leicester City - including in his home country.
Japan midfielder Homare Sawa has announced her retirement from football.
Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura, 48, signs new one-year contract with Yokohama FC in the country's J2 League.
Outgoing Japan coach Eddie Jones has criticised the English RFU for their decision to appoint Stuart Lancaster.
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Carli Lloyd scored a 13-minute hat-trick to inspire USA to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final.
Defending champions Japan take on the USA in the Women's World Cup final early on Monday morning.
Laura Bassett's injury-time own goal saw England exit the Women's World Cup with an agonising 2-1 defeat to Japan.
Homare Sawa can beat a record shared by Germany's Lothar Matthaus if she plays at this summer's Women's World Cup.
Germany beat European champions Spain 1-0 in Tuesday night's friendly thanks to a late goal from Toni Kroos.
Neymar scored all four goals as Brazil thrashed Japan 4-0 in an international friendly in Singapore.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has quit after taking full responsibility for the Asian champions' exit from World Cup.
Alberto Zaccheroni says he will discuss his future with the Japan Football Association after their World Cup failure.
Jackson Martinez helped fire Colombia into the last 16 as Group C winners after a 4-1 victory over Japan in Cuiaba.
Greece produced a dogged defensive performance to draw 0-0 with Japan in Group C after Kostas Katsouranis was sent off.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni says they are now focused on winning their final game against Colombia.
Headers by Wilfried Bony and Gervinho just 98 seconds apart took Ivory Coast to a 2-1 victory over Japan.
The Japan Football Association has fired national coach Javier Aguirre amid allegations he was involved in match-fixing.