POSTED: September 5th 2012
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Japanese PM Noda thanks FIFA head Sepp Blatter for keeping the faith

(L to R) FIFA head Sepp Blatter meets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda / FIFA
(L to R) FIFA head Sepp Blatter meets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda / FIFA

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September 5 - As the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012 prepares for the final match between USA and Germany FIFA chief Sepp Blatter was received by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to thank him for the soccer body’s support.

Following the Great East Earthquake last year that shook the nation with earth tremors and a tsunami, Prime Minister Noda, wanted to thank, Blatter for FIFA’s faith in the country’s hosting power. The three-week tournament has been a highly successful event and proof of Japan’s ability to host world level events.

Noda said, “Thank you for FIFA’s support to Japan after the earthquake and tsunami last year.

“To host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup gave hope and courage in the various venues where the competition was held.

"Unfortunately, Japan didn’t make it to the final but it has still been important to help aid the recovery of the Japanese people. They see that football has many similarities to their daily life. They have to fight to win. Indeed, the good result at the Olympics gave a lot of courage to the Japanese people.

Blatter noted on the value of sport to unite people, "Football connects people and it was good that they could be unified around football.

“It is important for Japan to continue to host international events, and Tokyo is currently bidding to host the Olympic Games in 2020.

"For now though, we look forward to Saturday and we hope the Young Nadeshiko will now win the bronze medal.”

Japan and Nigeria will battle for the bronze medal on the 8th as well as the gold medal game between the USA and Germany.

The hard hit Miyagi Prefecture has successfully hosted six matches of the tournament and Blatter commented that holding the event there had rallied local morale.

He said, “Thank you for showing your interest in football and congratulations for the organisation of the tournament.

“I’m happy that Miyagi was used as a venue, with the government and Japan Football Association putting a lot of effort and energy into rebuilding the affected area. Football connects people and it was good that they could be unified around football.”


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