Gamba Osaka stunned defending champions Urawa Reds 3-1 away to reach their first Asian Champions League final on Wednesday.
Japan coach Ivica Osim's grumpiness at the Asian Cup reached bizarre new levels on Sunday when he snapped at reporters to stop asking him about rabbits!
German champions Bayern Munich suffered an early set-back to their pre-season with a 1-0 defeat by Japan's Urawa Reds on Monday.
Japan's Hidetoshi Nakata has labelled Zico's side a shambles a week before their opening World Cup game against Australia.
It took him four years to get tough, but Japan coach Zico's bold selection of five strikers for the World Cup also represents a final throw of the dice.
Japan coach Zico was once again left scratching his head after the Asian champions were held to a 0-0 draw by a below-strength Scotland side on Saturday.
South Korea striker Lee Dong-gook could miss the World Cup finals after tearing knee ligaments. It would be a shattering blow to Lee, who was omitted from South Korea's squad four years ago.
Iraq upset China 2-1 in neutral United Arab Emirates on Wednesday to throw their 2007 Asian Cup qualifying group wide open.
European champions Liverpool are in Japan to win FIFA's Club World Championship, not for commercial gain, chief executive Rick Parry said on Monday.
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has reiterated his desire for clubs to field at least six homegrown players in order to limit the number of foreigners in their teams.
European champions Liverpool arrived in Japan on Monday with ambitions to add a world title and set a new club record in the process. Liverpool face either Sydney FC or Costa Rica's Deportivo Saprissa.
Gamba Osaka won 4-2 at Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday to become Japanese champions for the first time as city rivals Cerezo suffered final day heartbreak.
Japanese officials said on Wednesday that there was no way of proving that Tokyo Verdy's Kazuyuki Toda spat at David Beckham in a pre-season game.
Brazil striker Ronaldo scored twice when Real Madrid beat Japan's Jubilo Iwata 3-1 on Wednesday in the second of two pre-season games in Japan.
Spanish champions Barcelona overpowered Urawa Reds 3-0 on Wednesday in the second of two close-season games in Japan.
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said on Saturday that the Spanish champions were not planning to make any major signings before next season.