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She'll be supporting nation with family

FAMILY EFFORT: Mrs Emi Morishige and her three sons. Her whole family will be rooting for the Samurai Blue at the match. PHOTO: COURTESY OF EMI MORISHIGE

JAPAN

Mrs Emi Morishige, 42, a housewife

She was in France for her honeymoon and cheered Japan on with her husband when they played in the 1998 World Cup.

Today, Mrs Emi Morishige will have the chance to share the joy of supporting her nation with her whole family.

The Yokohama native, who has been in Singapore for nine years, will be rooting for the Samurai Blue with her husband and three sons today at the National Stadium.

She said: "I am looking forward to enjoying the game with my family. My husband went back to Japan on a business trip and even brought back jerseys for my three boys."

Mrs Morishige is slightly disappointed that Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa has pulled out of the match, but she said she is still happy with the other talents who will be on display.

She said: "I would have liked to see Kagawa, but unfortunately, he did not come.

"But there are players I really look forward to seeing, such as Nagatomo, Honda and Kakitani."