Japan No1 Eiji Kawashima has left Belgian side Lierse SK and joined their domestic rivals Standard Liege after agreeing a three-year contract.
Goalkeeper Elji Kawashima has been in fine form for Japan over the past 18 months. FIFA.com caught up with him just days before discovering his side’s qualifying opponents for Brazil 2014.
Japan and Peru drew 0-0 in the opening game of the Kirin Cup, but the hosts had goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima to thank for keeping their opponents at bay.
The Japanese national team are gearing up for their charity game in aid of providing support for the earthquake and tsunami stricken north-east of the country, with 12 players returning from Europe to do their bit.
Eight Japanese players have flown back from European clubs to take part in a charity match in aid of the recent disasters to strike the country, with more expected to join their compatriots.