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Japan’s Savvy Tactics

 At the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Japanese team successfully advanced to the final tournament. However, its strategy of passing to run out the clock caused consternation among some. One thing for sure is that they played in line with the rules even though they circumvented the spirit of the game.                                                                  Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in their opening game, and tied 2-2 with Senegal in the following game. At the time, Japan secured its position in the final tournament unless it lost in its final game in Group H. Unfortunately, Japan was defeated 0-1 by Poland. Still, Japan could proceed to the final tournament because Colombia beat Senegal, eliminating Senegal and giving Japan the opportunity to advance.                                                         When Colombia scored, Japan’s head coach Akira NISHINO ordered his players to run out the clock to keep the score at 0-1 for about the last 10 minutes. Japan succeeded in advancing to the final tournament.                                          Not only Chinese and South Korean media but also Russian and British media criticized Japan’s strategy. On the other hand, Vietnamese and Indonesian media praised the Japanese team.                                                     Running out the clock is a time-honored strategy in several sports. In fact, at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, Portugal tried to use the same tactic to get a tie with South Korea. And, under the right circumstance, any country would naturally burn up time to win.        Japan’s first game at the tournament is taking place on July 3rd. I hope that the Japanese and Belgium teams have an exciting and rewarding game, win or lose.

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