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#46 Real Issues, Real Voices, Real Japan Podcast – Colin Morrison on the FIFA World Cup and Japan's Exciting Run

Freelance sports reporter Colin Morrison joins the podcast and praises Japan's achievements in finishing atop the Group E standings at the FIFA World Cup.

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Listen in as Colin Morrison chats with the JAPAN Forward editorial team regarding the Japan national soccer team's achievement of winning the group stage in the FIFA World Cup.

A combination of superb strategic coaching from Hajime Moriyasu and world-class execution by the Samurai Blue produced memorable come-from-behind wins against former FIFA World Cup champions Germany and Spain.

The Samurai Blue trailed both games at halftime.

Key substitutions and formation changes in both matches impacted the action immediately, resulting in the upset victories over the two European giants.

During our conversation, Morrison expressed caution for the round of 16 match against Croatia, and forecast what became a difficult game for Japan. (The Samurai Blue lost 3-1 in the penalty shootout.)

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