I realized sometimes when discussing Kagawa's JNT situation I veer off into JNT stuff, so I figured I'd put a thread here so as not to clutter the Kagawa thread too much for those who aren't interested.
Japan has long been a stalwart in the East Asian Zone, and have had success in wider AFC competition as well. They have been one of the fastest improving sides in the Asian region since the kick off of the J-League, and now have dozens of players plying their trade across the globe to varying degrees of success. They are a staple show in most regional competitions, and are currently (2013 May) the highest ranked Asian side in the Fifa tables. What they lack in physical superiority, they make up for with solid zonal defense and an offense built on a short passing game as well as set plays, making for some occasionally highly entertaining football. With the Women's team having attained Women's World Cup glory, the men's team have some catching up to do.