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FIFA generate some good news for Japan football

FIFA will donate about $6 million in aid to help Japanese football recover from the damage of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, Japan Football Association Junji Ogura said on the official AFC website. Of the sum, $4.5 million will help J-League clubs, including champions Kashima Antlers, repair stadiums and training facilities damaged by the 9.0-magnitude quake, Ogura said.

Football's world governing body will also give the remaining $1.5 million to build or repair training grounds in the worst-hit north-eastern prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, Ogura told a news conference.

FIFA will also donate balls, shirts, boots and other football equipment worth $500,000 to some 15,000 children in the disaster-hit areas through official sponsor, he added.

The national association itself has donated some 200 million yen ($2.5 million) to the disaster zones by organising a domestic all-star charity match in Osaka on March 29.

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