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Japan refused participation in Copa America4-04-2011
Japan's refusal to formally participate in the football tournament for the Copa America 1 to 24 July this year in Argentina because of the situation in the country after the earthquake of March 11, announced today the South American Football Confederation.
"Our priority is to save lives and restore their country. We regret that we can not participate in the Copa America," said president of the Japanese Football Federation Yungi Ogura to the President of the South American Football Confederation Nicolas Leos at the headquarters of the Confederation in Asuncion . That said Nestor Benitez, spokesman for the confederation, which was present at the talks.
Japan and Mexico were officially invited to participate in the Copa America 1 to 24 July in Argentina.
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