Japan Plane Collision

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Jan 02, 2024

In the shocking incident from Tuesday, where at least five people died after a Japan Airlines aircraft, carrying 367 passengers, caught fire at Tokyo's Haneda Airport, one of the passengers, recounted his horrifying experience.

A 17-year old passenger, Swede Anton Deibe who was on board the Japanese Airlines flight which caught on fire was travelling with his parents and sister and was among the 379 people who managed to escape without any harm due to the crash.

In a conversation with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Deibe said, “The entire cabin was filled with smoke within a few minutes. We threw ourselves down on the floor. Then the emergency doors were opened and we threw ourselves at them.”

The television footage captured flames emanating out of windows and the plane's nose on the ground as rescue workers sprayed it and burning debris was spotted on the runway. Over 70 fire engines have been deployed to bring the fire under control.

The 17-year-old further said that the smoke inside the cabin “stung like hell” and people had no idea where they were going. Unable to understand anything, they just ran out onto the field after the flight landed.

“It was chaos,” said Deibe.

Describing the aircraft collision, another passenger told Kyodo news agency, “I felt a boom like we had hit something and jerked upward the moment we landed.” The passenger further said that there were sparks outside the window as the cabin got filled with gas and smoke.

Kaoru Ishii, a mother who was waiting for her 29-year-old daughter and boyfriend to come back on the flight, said that she initially thought the flight was delayed until her daughter called to explain. “She said the plane had caught fire, and she exited via a slide,” said Ishii as quoted by India Today.

All 367 passengers were successfully evacuated from the blazing plane, Japanese broadcaster NHK said. The broadcaster said the captain of the coast guard plane survived but five crew members remain unaccounted for.

NHK citing Japan Airlines said the plane that caught fire was Flight 516 which flew in from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

Haneda is one of the busiest airports of the world and the nation, according to AFP has not suffered a serious commercial aviation accident in decades.

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Sony cuts 900 jobs in PlayStation units

Posted By: Vishal Maurya Posted On: Feb 28, 2024
A Playstation console is displayed at a Best Buy store in San Francisco, California. Sony announced plans to cut 900 jobs in its PlayStation unit. ( Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / AFP )

Japanese giant Sony on February 26 announced plans to cut around 900 jobs within its PlayStation unit and shut down a London-based studio, Reuters reported. The decision comes in response to the ongoing challenges faced by the videogame industry in the aftermath of the post-pandemic slump, it added.

The job cuts will affect around 8 percent of the division's workforce spanning regions from the Americas to Asia. The announcement follows Sony's recent reduction in the annual sales expectation for its PlayStation 5 console.

Jim Ryan, the gaming chief at Sony, expressed the inevitability of tough decisions, attributing them to changes in the way the videogame industry develops, distributes, and launches products. Ryan is set to retire in March.

Aligning with Industry Trends

This move aligns Sony with industry counterparts such as Microsoft and Tencent-owned Riot Games, both of which have also undertaken significant layoffs in recent months due to a sluggish recovery in the gaming market.

According to industry tracker Newzoo, the global videogame market saw a modest growth of just 0.6 percent last year, reaching $184 billion. This, however, represents an improvement from the more than 5 percent decline witnessed in 2022.

The repercussions of the layoffs extend to Sony's other studios, including the United States-based Insomniac Games, known for titles such as "Marvel's Spider-Man 2," and Naughty Dog, the studio behind "The Last of Us."

Outlook for PlayStation 5 and Future Releases

Earlier this month, Sony indicated an anticipated gradual decline in unit sales for the PlayStation 5 in the next financial year. Additionally, the company disclosed its decision not to release any major franchise titles in the coming fiscal year.

Despite challenges, the PlayStation 5 has achieved lifetime sales of over 50 million units since its late 2020 launch, overcoming initial supply shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Zuckerberg Asia tour

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Feb 27, 2024
Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg is likely to visit Jamnagar in Gujarat to attend the pre-wedding celebrations of billionaire Mukesh Ambani?s youngest son, Anant Ambani.

Meta Platforms chief Mark Zuckerberg, who is on a mini-Asia tour, is currently in Japan, exploring the heritage and food of the country. The Meta chief is likely to visit Seoul, and may also attend the pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani, the youngest son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, in Gujarat’s Jamnagar.

“Mark is in Japan for a personal trip and will also meet with a few key partners while he is here," Bloomberg quoted Meta Platforms' spokesperson as saying. “As it's been reported, Mark is planning to visit Korea briefly for a few key partner meetings."

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The 39-year-old Meta chief on Tuesday shared a post on Facebook and Instagram and even reviewed a Japanese McDonald's, giving it a 10/10 and asking for it to be given a Michelin star.

The tech billionaire also shared photos of himself in sunglasses eating a burger and of his wife Priscilla Chan outside the golden arches.

When quizzed on the best on the menu by an Instagram user, Zuckerberg even shared his favourites.

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The Meta chief considered the Japanese McDonald's Ebi burger 'So Good' and rated it 10/10. Zuckerberg went ahead and called the Double burger with egg a ‘banger' (something catchy and exciting) with a 10/10 rating. He also gave 10/10 to local McNuggets for their great texture. However, the Teriyaki Chicken and Churros received 8/10 rating.

Zukerberg shared his McDonald's appreciation post in ‘Made with Ray-Ban|Meta' tag on Instagram. The tag is specially made for sharing their unique point of view of the world through the new smart glasses.

Separately, the tech billionaire on February 26 met Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and discussed artificial intelligence issues, reported Reuters.

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"We had a good, productive conversation about AI and the future of technology," Reuters quoted Zuckerberg as saying at the prime minister's residence in Tokyo.

The report said Zuckerberg would also visit South Korea at the end of this month to discuss AI with Samsung Electronics chairman, Jay Y. Lee, and possibly meet South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

He is also supposed to meet the CEO of LG Electronics to discuss the development of a mixed-reality headset to compete with Apple's Vision Pro, the Korea Economic Daily reported.

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After his Seoul visit, the Meta chief is likely to visit Jamnagar in Gujarat to attend the pre-wedding celebrations of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's youngest son, Anant Ambani. The three-day festivities, which will start on March 1, will draw celebrities in business, technology and entertainment.

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Japan's Shinji Okazaki

Posted By: Jaydatt Chaudhary Posted On: Feb 26, 2024

Former Japan international Shinji Okazaki, who won the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016, announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the season.

The hard-working forward played a key role as the Foxes upset the odds to win their first league title under Claudio Ranieri, making 36 Premier League appearances and scoring five goals in the 2015-16 season.

The 37-year-old also finished as Japan's all-time third-highest scorer with 50 goals in 119 appearances.

“I have decided to retire at the end of the season,” Okazaki posted on Instagram.

“I have given everything as a football player but I have realised that my body is worn out and I am reaching my physical limit.”

Okazaki began his career with J-League club Shimizu S-Pulse and played in Germany with Stuttgart and Mainz before joining Leicester in 2015.

He scored a spectacular overhead goal against Newcastle in their title-winning campaign to put Ranieri's side five points clear at the top of the table with eight games remaining.

Ranieri said the following season that Okazaki was “important for the team because he presses a lot”.

“He is our ‘dilly-ding, dilly-dong',” said the Italian. “He wakes up our players — he has the bell.”

Okazaki played at three World Cups and was part of the Japan team that won the Asian Cup in 2011.

He is currently at Belgian side Sint-Truiden, after playing for several Spanish clubs following his Leicester exit in 2019.

He has struggled with injury this season and has not played since December.

“I will talk about my retirement again at the end of the season,” he said.

“Until then I will try to get back to fitness and make a contribution to the team.”

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Quad Is Here to Stay and Grow

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Feb 25, 2024

The Quad is here to stay, grow and contribute to global prosperity, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday, noting it has become a substantive platform of the four vibrant democracies seeking to uphold an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific amid global concerns over China's rising assertiveness.

Speaking at Delhi-based Raisina's think-tank forum, Jaishankar described the grouping of India, the US, Japan, and Australia as an “overhead light, creative, flexible, nimble, and responsive" enterprise, stressing that others cannot have a “veto" on its choices. During his address, Jaishankar said there are three clear messages about the Quad. “One, the Quad is here to stay. Two, the Quad is here to grow. And three, the Quad is here to contribute."

Australian foreign minister Penny Wong, Japanese foreign minister Yoko Kamikawa and US deputy secretary of state Kurt Campbell also addressed the forum virtually. Despite China's belief that the coalition is aimed at containing it, the Quad is largely focused on the Indo-Pacific region. “Quad is an overhead light, creative, flexible, nimble, responsive and open-minded enterprise. These are not adjectives we normally associate with bureaucracy. “So, even as we assess its achievements, some compliments at least are due to all those who have shepherded it, who have grown it, who have actually made it unfold with such rapidity," he said.

Jaishankar also explained the Quad's broad framework. “One, it reflects the growth of a multi-polar order. Two, it is a post-alliance and post-Cold War thinking. Three, it is against spheres of influence. Four, it expresses the democratising of global space and a collaborative, not unilateral, approach. And five, it is a statement that in this day and age, others cannot have a veto on our choices," he said. The external affairs minister noted that the Quad is facilitated by the emergence of the Indo-Pacific, adding it is propelled by a change in the global order that requires “more" and “not less collaboration".

The Quad focused on addressing the region's most pressing needs and challenges including in areas of maritime security, infrastructure, connectivity, critical technologies, communications, space cooperation, cyber security, counter-terrorism, and climate action, he said. Jaishankar highlighted two major programmes under the Quad framework –Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) initiative and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).

Under IPMDA, data is being supplied for countering illicit maritime activities and responding to climate-related and humanitarian events. The IPEF seeks to offer alternative economic engagement mechanisms and it is making steady progress and addressing issues like supply chains, clean economies, sustainability, digital economies amongst others, Jaishankar said. While referring to India-initiated Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative, he asserted that there should be no doubt about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) centrality in the Indo-Pacific.

“Sometimes, it has been suggested that somewhere these two concepts have diluted ASEAN centrality. I think anybody who doubts ASEAN centrality, when they look at the map of the Indo-Pacific, clearly missed their geography classes at school," he said. “And not just the geography class, I think they have probably passed up on all that has been happening in terms of the East Asia Summit process and how that today is actually a very unique and I would say irreplaceable architecture for this part of the world," he said.

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US Charge Japanese Crime Boss In Myanmar-Nuclear Materials Conspiracy Updated 11 minutes ago

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Feb 22, 2024

The US government on Wednesday charged the leader of a Japanese crime syndicate with conspiring to traffic nuclear materials from Myanmar for expected use by Iran in nuclear weapons.

Takeshi Ebisawa, 60, and co-defendant Somphop Singhasiri, 61, trafficked in drugs, weapons and nuclear material, “going so far as to offer uranium and weapons-grade plutonium fully expecting that Iran would use it for nuclear weapons,” said Anne Milgram, who heads the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the US Justice Department.

Both men have been ordered detained, the department said in a statement. Ebisawa is accused of conspiring to sell weapons-grade nuclear material and lethal narcotics from Myanmar and to buy military weapons on behalf of an armed insurgent group, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen said. “It is chilling to imagine the consequences had these efforts succeeded,” Olsen said. The two men were charged in 2022 with international narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses. The new charges were contained in a superseding indictment.

Beginning in early 2020, Ebisawa informed an undercover agent (UC-1) and a DEA confidential source (CS-1) that Ebisawa had access to a large quantity of nuclear materials that he wanted to sell, according to the allegations contained in the indictment. Later that year, Ebisawa sent UC-1 a series of photographs depicting rocky substances with Geiger counters measuring radiation, as well as pages of what Ebisawa represented to be lab analyses indicating the presence of thorium and uranium in the depicted substances.

In response to Ebisawa's repeated inquiries, UC-1 agreed, as part of the DEA's investigation, to help Ebisawa broker the sale of his nuclear materials to UC-1's associate, who was posing as an Iranian general (the General), for use in a nuclear weapons program. Ebisawa then offered to supply the General with “plutonium” that would be even “better” and more “powerful” than uranium for this purpose.

During their discussions regarding Ebisawa's access to nuclear materials, Ebisawa also engaged with UC-1 concerning Ebisawa's desire to purchase military-grade weapons. To that end, in May 2021, Ebisawa sent UC-1 a list of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, that Ebisawa wished to purchase from UC-1 on behalf of the leader of an ethnic insurgent group in Burma (CC-1). Together with two other co-conspirators (CC-2 and CC-3), Ebisawa proposed to UC-1 that CC-1 sell uranium to the General, through Ebisawa, to fund CC-1's weapons purchase.

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US Charge Japanese Crime Boss In Myanmar-Nuclear Materials Conspiracy Published 3 minutes ago

Posted By: Jogendra Kumar Posted On: Feb 22, 2024

The US government on Wednesday charged the leader of a Japanese crime syndicate with conspiring to traffic nuclear materials from Myanmar for expected use by Iran in nuclear weapons.

Takeshi Ebisawa, 60, and co-defendant Somphop Singhasiri, 61, trafficked in drugs, weapons and nuclear material, “going so far as to offer uranium and weapons-grade plutonium fully expecting that Iran would use it for nuclear weapons,” said Anne Milgram, who heads the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the US Justice Department.

Both men have been ordered detained, the department said in a statement. Ebisawa is accused of conspiring to sell weapons-grade nuclear material and lethal narcotics from Myanmar and to buy military weapons on behalf of an armed insurgent group, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen said. “It is chilling to imagine the consequences had these efforts succeeded,” Olsen said. The two men were charged in 2022 with international narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses. The new charges were contained in a superseding indictment.

Beginning in early 2020, Ebisawa informed an undercover agent (UC-1) and a DEA confidential source (CS-1) that Ebisawa had access to a large quantity of nuclear materials that he wanted to sell, according to the allegations contained in the indictment. Later that year, Ebisawa sent UC-1 a series of photographs depicting rocky substances with Geiger counters measuring radiation, as well as pages of what Ebisawa represented to be lab analyses indicating the presence of thorium and uranium in the depicted substances.

In response to Ebisawa's repeated inquiries, UC-1 agreed, as part of the DEA's investigation, to help Ebisawa broker the sale of his nuclear materials to UC-1's associate, who was posing as an Iranian general (the General), for use in a nuclear weapons program. Ebisawa then offered to supply the General with “plutonium” that would be even “better” and more “powerful” than uranium for this purpose.

During their discussions regarding Ebisawa's access to nuclear materials, Ebisawa also engaged with UC-1 concerning Ebisawa's desire to purchase military-grade weapons. To that end, in May 2021, Ebisawa sent UC-1 a list of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, that Ebisawa wished to purchase from UC-1 on behalf of the leader of an ethnic insurgent group in Burma.

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Japan commits $1

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Feb 20, 2024
The project in Nagaland will help develop tertiary-level medical service delivery, Photo: AFP

New Delhi: Japan has committed a 232.21-billion-yen (about $1.55 billion) Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan for nine projects across various sectors in India such as road connectivity, climate change response, and horticulture, India’s finance ministry said on Tuesday.

The loan will fund infrastructure projects in North East India, including the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge (34.54 billion yen) and the Phulbari-Goeragre section of NH 127B (15.56 billion yen), apart from the construction of the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (49.85 billion yen) and the Dedicated Freight Corridor Project (40 billion yen), ministry added.

The loan will also fund projects to promote startups and innovation in Telangana (23.7 billion yen), sustainable horticulture in Haryana (16.21 billion yen), and climate change response and ecosystem services enhancement in Rajasthan (26.13 billion yen). Some of it will be used to establish a medical college hospital at Nagaland Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kohima (10 billion yen), and improve urban water supply in Uttarakhand (16.21 billion yen).

While the road connectivity projects aim to improve infrastructure in India's North East, the Chennai peripheral ring road project aims to alleviate traffic congestion and strengthen connections to southern parts of Tamil Nadu, the ministry said.

The project in Nagaland will help develop tertiary-level medical service delivery, while the fifth tranche for the freight corridor project will help with the construction of a dedicated freight railway system and modernisation of the intermodal logistics system, enabling an increase in freight traffic, it added.

The loans will be disbursed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and most of the projects are expected to be completed between 2026 and 2034.

"India and Japan have had a long and fruitful history of bilateral development cooperation since 1958. Economic partnership, a key pillar of India-Japan relations, has steadily progressed in the last few years," the finance ministry said.

"Exchange of notes for these important projects will further strengthen the strategic and global partnership between India and Japan," it added.

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Japan's 'Naked Men'

Posted By: Tarun Kumar Posted On: Feb 18, 2024

A steam of sweat rose as hundreds of naked men tussled over a bag of wooden talismans, performing a dramatic end to a thousand-year-old ritual in Japan that took place for the last time.

Their passionate chants of “jasso, joyasa” (meaning “evil, be gone”) echoed through a ceder forest of the northern Japan's Iwate region, where the secluded Kokuseki Temple has decided to end the popular annual rite. Organising the event, which draws hundreds of participants and thousands of tourists every year, has become a heavy burden for the ageing local faithful, who find it hard to keep up with the rigours of the ritual.

The “Sominsai” festival, regarded as one of the strangest festivals in Japan, is the latest tradition impacted by the country's ageing population crisis that has hit rural communities hard. “It is very difficult to organise a festival of this scale,” said Daigo Fujinami, a resident monk of the temple that opened in 729. ” You can see what happened today –so many people are here and it's all exciting. But behind the scenes, there are many rituals and so much work that have to be done,” he said. “I cannot be blind to the difficult reality.”

Japan's society has aged more rapidly than most other countries'. The trend has forced countless schools, shops and services to close, particularly in small or rural communities. Kokuseki Temple's Sominsai festival used to take place from the seventh day of Lunar New Year through to the following morning.

But during the Covid pandemic, it was scaled down to prayer ceremonies and smaller rituals. The final festival was a shortened version, ending around 11:00 pm, but it drew the biggest crowd in recent memory, local residents said. As the sun set, men in white loincloths came to the mountainous temple, bathed in a creek and marched around temple's ground.

They clenched their fists against the chill of a winter breeze, all the while chanting “jasso joyasa”. Some held small cameras to record their experience, while dozens of television crews followed the men through the temple's stone steps and dirt pathways. As the festival reached its climax, hundreds of men packed inside the wooden temple shouting, chanting and aggressively jostling over a bag of talismans.

Toshiaki Kikuchi, a local resident who claimed the talismans and who helped organise the festival for years, said he hoped the ritual will return in the future. “Even under a different format, I hope to maintain this tradition,” he said after the festival. “There are many things that you can appreciate only if you take part.” Many participants and visitors voiced both sadness and understanding about the festival's ending. “This is the last of this great festival that has lasted 1,000 years. I really wanted to participate in this festival,” Yasuo Nishimura, 49, a caregiver from Osaka, told AFP.

Other temples across Japan continue to host similar festivals where men wear loincloths and bathe in freezing water or fight over talismans. Some festivals are adjusting their rules in line with changing democraphics and social norms so that they can continue to exist — such as letting women take part in previously male-only ceremonies.

From next year, Kokuseki Temple will replace the festival with prayer ceremonies and other ways to continue its spiritual practices. “Japan is facing a falling birthrate, ageing population, and lack of young people to continue various things,” Nishimura said. “Perhaps it is difficult to continue the same way as in the past.”

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Here is why Netflix is phasing out lowest priced basic plans in Canada

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Jan 25, 2024
This development comes amid Netflix focus to boost the adoption of ads-based membership and Standard plans. (REUTERS)

Netflix, an American subscription-based OTT platform, has declared to discontinue its lowest-priced basic plans without ads by the second quarter of 2024 lowest-priced “Basic" plan without ads in Canada and the UK, the company announced in its letters to shareholders.

This development comes amid Netflix's focus on boosting the adoption of ads-based membership and Standard plans.

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“Scaling our ads business represents an opportunity to tap into significant new revenue and profit pools over the medium to longer term. In Q4‘23, like the quarter before, our ads membership increased by nearly 70% quarter over quarter, supported by improvements in our offering (e.g., downloads) and the phasing out of our Basic plan for new and rejoining members in our ads markets," the company announced further.

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The ads plan now accounts for 40 per cent of all Netflix sign-ups in its ads markets. “We're looking to retire our Basic plan in some of our ads countries, starting with Canada and the UK in Q2 and taking it from there. On the advertiser side, we continue improving the targeting and measurement we offer our customers," it added.

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Last year the streaming giant, Netflix announced that a gradual phasing out in certain regions including the US, UK, Italy, and Canada led to increased adoption of ads and Standard plans. The company announced the same strategy for countries including, Germany, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Australia, and Brazil.

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By retiring the Basic plan, Netflix may aim to streamline its subscription options and concentrate on driving growth and engagement through its ads business. This move could also align with the company's broader goal of optimizing its pricing and plans strategy to capture the value created by its service.

Netflix Q4 result

Streaming giant Netflix released its Q4 earnings on January 23 and reported a significant increase in subscriptions which touched a whopping 13.1 million in December 2023. This is the biggest jump, the OTT platform witnessed in one quarter since 2020 and seems to be the result of its crackdown against password sharing. Netflix took a contentious decision in 2023 by discontinuing the practice of permitting users to share passwords with individuals not residing in the same household and the practice is not going to end anytime soon.

“In Q4‘23, like the quarter before, our ads membership increased by nearly 70 per cent quarter over quarter, supported by improvements in our offering (e.g., downloads) and the phasing out of our Basic plan for new and rejoining members in our ads markets," it further added.

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India Women's Hockey Team Fail to Qualify for Paris Olympics After 0-1 Loss to Japan

Posted By: Tarun Kumar Posted On: Jan 19, 2024

The Indian women's hockey team failed to qualify for the Paris Olympics after going down 0-1 to Japan in the third-fourth place match of the FIH Olympic Qualifier at the at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Astro-Turf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi on Friday.

Kana Urata scored for Japan off a penalty corner in the first quarter and they kept the lead intact till the end of the match while Indians failed to find the target.

India were left with no choice but to win this game after suffering a 3-4 defeat in shootout to Germany on Thursday.

But a bigger heartbreak awaited the home team as it lost and failed to book a ticket to Paris after a historic fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Games in 2021.

It was just not India's day as they ended on the wrong end of the result despite trying their best, failing to make it to their third Olympic Games in a row. India had finished fourth in the Tokyo Olympic Games but were left heartbroken as they finished fourth in the qualifiers.

India dominated possession, made 13 circle entries as compared to eight by the Japanese, had 11 shots at the goal and earned nine penalty corners as compared to four by their opponents.

India made a couple of circle entries in the first couple of minutes but could not get a look at the goal. in the end, Japan bagged the first penalty corner of the match but the shot was deemed dangerous.

Neha and Sangita made a good run and passed it to Beauty Dung Dung near the backline but she could not get away from the defender.

Miyu Hasegawa was fouled inside the circle and Japan earned their second PC. Kana Urata stepped up and flicked through Savita's legs to give Japan the lead in the sixth minute.

The Indians launched a couple of good attacks when Deepika set up Baljeet with an overhead pass just outside the circle on the right flank. Then Sonika sent a ball inside the circle and though Deepika attempted deflection sailed just over the crossbar.

At the other end, Japan came close to doubling the lead with two good chances when Kana Urata's pass was deflected out by a defender and Miyu Hasegawa then sent the ball across the goalmouth as the Indian defence was caught napping.

It was an open game with Japan coming out in attack regularly instead of failing back to defend their lead. The first quarter ended with Japan leading 1-0.

Japan earned a penalty corner soon after the restart but the ball was not stopped properly and the Indian defenders cleared the ball.

India earned their first penalty corner in the third minute of the second quarter when Baljeet was fouled near the goalline. But Deepika's flick was saved by goalkeeper Hazuki Nagai.

A minute later, India won another penalty corner but this time Deepika's flick was deflected over by the goalkeeper.

A hit into the circle by Salima Tete was deflected across the goalmouth by Vaishnavi Phalke as the two teams went in for half-time with Japan still leading 1-0.

After the two sides made a couple of attacks at the start of the third quarter, India earned their third penalty corner because of a foul on Salima. Deepika's flick was deflected onto the crossbar by the goalkeeper Nakamura.

Japan bagged their fourth penalty corner in the eighth minute of the third quarter but Ishika deflected out Urata's flick. Japan referred for a foul but the decision was in India's favour.

India earned their fourth penalty corner but Udita's slap shot was blocked by the rusher. A couple of circle entries proved futile as the defenders did not allow the Indian attackers a look at the goal.

India earned their fifth penalty corner but the ball was not stopped cleanly and the indirect attempt was thwarted by some strong defending by the Japanese as the clock ticked down to signal the end of the third quarter.

On the restart, Japan referred after the umpire gave India a penalty corner and the decision was in their favour. India won their fifth penalty corner but goalkeeper Tanaka saved Deepika's drag flick.

India came close again with just eight minutes remaining in the match when Lalremsiami could not latch onto a ball but it was cleared dangerously by a defender.

The hosts earned another penalty corner but Deepika's shot went in vain. Off the rebound, Sangita took a shot but goalkeeper Akio Tanaka blocked it. India tried for a penalty corner asking for a dangerous play, and India earned their eighth penalty corner. But it was not a clean trap and the indirect variation was saved by the goalkeeper.

Both the Japanese goalkeeper had a good match but Tanaka was exceptionally good in the fourth quarter as she pulled off four good saves.

The Indians made attack after attack but in the end, they just ran into the Japanese wall as the clock wound down and the Japanese players erupted with joy as they won the match 1-0.

(With inputs from Agencies)

Source: News18
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