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July 21 2011


Japan - Women's World Cup triumph an inspiration for now and the future

Mainichi Daily :: The morning of July 18 was a happy one in Japan, energizing the entire country. The Japanese people, faced with so much sorrow over recent months, were able to rejoice winning the Women's Soccer World Cup final, bringing the championship to Japan for the first time.

But have you recognized that: After every match including the final, the Japan team unrolled a banner reading "To Our Friends Around the World, Thank You for Your Support" and carried it around the edge of the pitch to great roars of appreciation from the crowd? And did you know that in the past, women selected to the national team had to pay half their own expenses for international tournaments? 

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