Popular western sports widely played in Japan include association football and basketball. In fact, association football is one of the most popular sports in the country. The main organization for association football is the Japan Football Association or simply JFA that is the governing body of this sport in Japan. The organization organizes futsal, men's and women's national football teams. The sport was introduced back in the Meiji period and has become an amazingly popular. In the 1920s first football organizations and regional tournaments were introduced.

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Japanese National Football Team


Japanese National Football Team was more than successful when it comes to the major international level. The team has competed several years at FIFA World Cups including 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team's best results were in 2002 and 2010 when they ended at round two. It should be noted also that Japanese national football team competed in the major 1938 Berlin Olympic Games, and the team was able to score their first victory over very powerful Sweden.

The Japanese national football team also competed in six major Asian Cups where their highest ranking was that nine place in February of 1998. Other major international tournaments include Copa América, Confederations Cup, and the East Asian Football Championship. When it comes to the women's national football team we have to mention their success at the World Cup when the team was able to win the major 2011 edition held in Germany. The women's team also finished as runner-up in the major 2015 edition held in Canada. When it comes to the most famous Japanese footballers of all time, we have to mention Yuji Nakazawa, Junichi Inamoto, and Shinji Okazaki.

Japan National Basketball Team


When it comes to the basketball, the sport was imported from the Western countries. The major professional basketball league in Japan is organized by the Japanese Basketball Association. The sport mainly emerged since two players including Takuya Kawamura and Yuta Tabuse started their careers. Ever since the sport has been widely played in Japan even becoming of the most popular sports in Japan. It should be noted that Japan national basketball team won the major FIBA Asia Championship even on two occasions while at the same time qualifying for the event more than twenty times. The country also hosted the 2006 FIBA World Championship that was played in cities Hiroshima, Sendai, Hamamatsu, Saitama, and Sapporo.


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