- SOCCER WORLD CUP
Samurai Blue’s heroics generate interest outside stadiums
14:14 JST, December 5, 2022
DOHA — Japan’s historic toppling of a pair of European giants to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup has generated increased interest in the country beyond the confines of the stadiums.
A number of places around Doha with links to Japan are becoming tourist attractions, and attention has been given to the fact that the subway system that ferries supporters to matches has train cars built in Japan.
An increasing number of people have been converging on a 130-meter-high apartment tower that bears a huge poster of Japan captain Maya Yoshida.
The skyscraper is located in an area of the Qatari capital along a main boulevard, and the image of Yoshida itself measures about 65 meters.
An adjacent shopping mall features a billboard of Japanese supporters that measures about 25 meters by 15 meters.
The images drew few visitors in the days before and just after the tournament kicked off, but suddenly became a magnet after Japan beat powerhouses Germany and Spain.
Those wins secured the Samurai Blue the top spot in Group E and set up a round-of-16 clash against Croatia that was to be played Monday.
"SPORTS" POPULAR ARTICLE
Hanshin Tigers Win Japan Series for First Time in 38 Years, Beating Orix Buffaloes in Game 7
Japanese Skater Yuzuru Hanyu Announces Divorce
Shohei Ohtani to Donate Gloves to 20,000 Elementary Schools
Sumo in Crisis as Dwindling Number of Wrestlers Forces Body to Knock Over Tradition
Shohei Ohtani, Baseball’s 2-Way Star, Becomes First 2-Time Unanimous MVP (UPDATE 1)
JN ACCESS RANKING
- Japan, Vietnam Trade Ministers Discuss Supply Chains, IPEF
- BOJ Ueda: Japan Increasingly Likely to Hit Inflation Target
- Stimulus Package Set to Drive Greater Govt Borrowing; Likely Effectiveness Called into Question
- AI-generated Child Porn Floods Japan-based Website (Update 1)