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- Aug 1, 2010
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It was only in 1988 Japan first qualified for the Asian Cup. Then, in the first Asian Cup held in Qatar, the Blue Samurai finished bottom of a five-team group, taking a single point and failing to score a goal. Twenty-three years on and the tournament returned to Qatar with Japan as favorite, a billing it justified by winning a fourth tournament to become the most successful team in Asian history.