Japan scored four times in the opening 13 minutes during the 4-2 defeat of New Zealand in a friendly in Tokyo.
"We played well for the first 30 minutes and were able to execute our game plan," Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said.
"After that, our pace slowed and New Zealand made a game of it."
Both All Whites goals came from Leicester forward Chris Wood, in the 39th and 75th minutes.
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