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  • FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Japan's Yuto Nagatomo plays during their Asian zone Group B qualifying soccer match against Australia for the 2014 World Cup at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, near Tokyo. Japan, which reached the knockout stage in 2010 at the World Cup in South Africa outperformed Australia in qualifying to claim 17 points from eight games. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    5 Japan players to watch at the World Cup

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  • FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Japan head coach Alberto Zaccheroni from Italy gestures during the opening match between Brazil and Japan in group A of the soccer Confederations Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil. Coach Alberto Zaccheroni promised to "surprise the world" after star player Keisuke Honda fired the Samurai Blue through with an injury time penalty against Australia. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    Will Zaccheroni be the right man for Japan?

    When hiring Alberto Zaccheroni, the Japan Football Association was convinced the Italian coach's calm demeanor and European know-how was the perfect combination to take the national team to the next level at the World Cup.

  • FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Japan head coach Alberto Zaccheroni from Italy gestures during the opening match between Brazil and Japan in group A of the soccer Confederations Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil. Coach Alberto Zaccheroni promised to "surprise the world" after star player Keisuke Honda fired the Samurai Blue through with an injury time penalty against Australia.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    Honda, Kagawa will need to step up for Japan

    Keisuke Honda senses a growing confidence within the Japan team, and expects it will translate into results at the World Cup.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan prior to their meeting at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands

    The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.

  • Fukushima children start school, flee radiation

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