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Nadeshiko coach presses forward, prepares squad to bounce back

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14.06.2019

Around 20 years ago, Japanese women soccer players didn’t have it easy.

Many of the grounds where they played had no spectator stands, and were not equipped with locker rooms, so they sometimes had to change behind bushes.

Many gave up playing in games in faraway locations because they had to pay their own travel expenses.

Asako Takakura, 51, remembers those tough times. She is the coach of the women’s soccer national team, nicknamed Nadeshiko Japan, which is competing in the World Cup in France.

According to her book “Ko o Ikashi Wa o Kanaderu” (Encourage individualism to achieve team harmony), a team Takakura signed with disbanded only six months later. It was after the nation’s asset-inflated........

© The Asahi Shimbun