Former Asian club champions Urawa Red Diamonds secured a place in the AFC Champions League next year while the 2008 winners of the tournament were relegated on the final day of the J-League season.
The leading lights in China PR, Japan and Uzbekistan all suffered damaging defeats over the weekend, while the new season in Qatar commenced with a host of new signings, Raul and Nilmar amongst them.
FIFA.com previews the 20th edition of the J.League, which kicks off this weekend with a broad field of contenders seeking to take Kashiwa Reysol’s title.
Japan enjoyed good preparation for their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan next week as they beat Iceland 3-1 in their international friendly on home soil.
Cologne have announced that they have loaned Japanese defender Tomoaki Makino, who has made just eight appearances in two seasons, to J.League side Urawa Red Diamonds
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.