The Daily Yomiuri covers the Japan Football League, confirming that Arte Takasaki have withdrawn from the competition owing to the club’s insolvency. The tournament will proceed with a reduced number of teams, commencing on 17 March 2012.
The Daily Mainichi offers the story that Hublot, the official FIFA timekeeper, is producing a limited edition watch of just 100 pieces commemorating the Nadeshiko’s victory in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. All proceeds of the sales will be donated to the Kids Earth Fund, a non-profit organisation which works worldwide to help children who are suffering from conflict, warm, poverty or disasters, including in the Tohoku region affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
J.League Division Two outfit FC Gifu will host a six-day training camp in Taiwan in February, followed by a further seven-day training camp in Miyazaki.The Daily Asahi confirms. FC Gifu have welcomed a new coach and twelve new players to the club, following a disastrous season in which they finished bottom of the division.
Finally, Nippon Sports dedicates some of its coverage to Yuto Nagatomo, the Samurai Blue left-back currently playing for Internazionale in Italy’s Serie A. The 25 year-old starred in Inter’s 1-0 victory in the Milan derby played on 15 January.