America and Japan haven’t had such a rivalry since the trade wars of the 1980s and 1990s.
When the Women’s World Cup Finals start on Monday morning from 8am JST, more than a few Japanese will be calling in sick, joining colleagues at a sports bar, or making furtive glances at their phones as they begin their work day.
Japan and the US are facing off in a women’s soccer championship for the third time in a row. Four years ago, Japan won in the World Cup. Three years ago, the US won in the London Olympics. Who will win tomorrow?
Here’s the breakdown of this burgeoning rivalry from the New York Times.
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