Korea Republic and Japan meet again
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Korea Republic's football association (KFA) have announced that they have accepted Japan's proposal to resume annual friendlies this year after an 18-year hiatus. The KFA said the first friendly was expected to be held in Tokyo in October and the second sometime next year in Seoul.

"Our association has accepted Japan's proposal to resume 'A' matches between the two countries, which stopped in 1991," said KFA spokesman You Young-Cheul.

"It was a conditional agreement. Regular friendlies will take place only if both advance to the 2010 World Cup finals," he said. "We hope the resumption of regular friendlies will help the two countries improve relations."