The victory of the Japanese soccer team brought about much rejoice throughout the devestated nation.
The Fifa World Cup 2011 was a spectacular match that served as an analogy to both nations, the US and Japan. As the US stroke forward with a highly effective and agressive offense that allowed them to take the lead at 1-0, the Japanese serve to exemplify patience and caluclative understanding. Following the US goal for goal, the Japanese kept a mesured pace the illustrated the calm that existed in the players despite the singificance of the game and the national pressure being placed upon their shoulders.
Making their first appearance at a Wold Cup Final, the Japanese team defeated the German and Swedish teams, teams that had been chosen at favorites. Coming back to win the game after being behind twice, the team inspired a nation still reeling from one of the worst natural and nuclear catastrophes in history.
The explanation behind the necessity of this vitory is simple but easily forgotten. The earthquake that struck the northeast part of Japan killed 25,000 people and has left the country devestated by the destruction, desperation, and pessismism left in its wake. Recent media coverage has been absorebed with the nuclear accident that still plagues the already devestated nation. With contstant reports of distaster and death, the nation serves as a testament to other nations of the dangers existing in nuclear power, as well as the unexpected actions of the environment. The victory by the ladiesof Japan in Germany ilustrates how far Japan can go, even with the odds stacked against them. This victory is symbolic of the strength and the unity that has existed and still exists in Japan, despite the trials the country has undergone.
As team captain Homare Sawa stated, “we fought until the very end”. The team stood together, representing a county united but tired, and fought an uphill battle against unimaginable odds, clearly marking an example for the future rejuvination of the Japanese country as a whole.