Japan and Australia played out a pulsating 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday although the match showcasing the best of Asian football was marred by some bizarre officiating with both sides finishing a man short.
Elsewhere, there was little drama in Goyang as South Korea barely broke sweat to ease as expected to a 3-0 win over Lebanon, while Oman and Qatar held firm to claim draws against former Asian champions Iraq and Iran respectively.
All eyes were on Brisbane earlier in the day where Australia were hosting Japan in the first clash between the two best sides in the continent since the Blue Samurai prevailed in extra time to win the Asian Cup final last year.
Japan had impressed in racking up two big home wins in their opening fourth round matches, but it was the Socceroos ageing squad that caused problems early on with some direct play before the visitors found their skilful feet in the second half.
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )