Japan: North Korea must admit fans

Updated: October 31, 2011, 9:26 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Japan wants North Korea to allow more Japanese fans into the country for next month's World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang.

Kyodo news agency reports Monday that Japan Football Association general secretary Kozo Tashima says the number of Japanese that North Korea would allow into the country is "nowhere near acceptable."

Japan faces North Korea in Pyongyang on Nov. 15. It will be the first time Japan has played in North Korea since 1989.

The Japanese government has been advising citizens to refrain from visiting the country since Tokyo imposed economic sanctions following a missile launch by North Korea in 2006.

But Japan Sports Minister Masaharu Nakagawa said last week it would be good if supporters could organize a tour.

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