Japan, who had previously secured a surprising victory against Germany in their opening match in Qatar, emerged as the top team in Group E, thus advancing to the last 16 stage. It is worth noting that Japan has faced challenges at this stage in previous tournaments.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Fans in Tokyo watch Japan v Spain - Tokyo, Japan - December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate at the Shibuya Crossing after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Fans in Tokyo watch Japan v Spain – Tokyo, Japan – December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate at the Shibuya Crossing after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

One newspaper exclaimed, “Doha Delights Again!” in its online edition, evoking memories of the renowned “Miracle in Doha” following Japan’s triumph over the Germans.

A crowd of enthusiastic fans, passionately chanting “Nippon”, flocked to Tokyo’s renowned Shibuya crossing in the early hours of the morning. They energetically jumped and fervently cheered, exclaiming “Fight, fight, fight!”, causing a challenge for the police in maintaining control.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Fans in Tokyo watch Japan v Spain - Tokyo, Japan - December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate at the Shibuya Crossing after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Fans in Tokyo watch Japan v Spain – Tokyo, Japan – December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate at the Shibuya Crossing after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

“I am pleasantly surprised that Japan secured first place in the group. I extend my deepest gratitude to Japan for their outstanding performance. Your efforts are truly commendable! From the bottom of my heart, I express my affection for the Japanese national team. Thank you, you guys are amazing!” exclaimed Yusei Sato, a 19-year-old enthusiast proudly donning Japan’s Samurai Blue jersey.

Takuya Kudo

Age: 23

Emotional Reaction: In tears

Japan’s Victory

“I am extremely delighted,” he expressed. “To be honest, I had never anticipated such a remarkable performance from Japan. I am truly thrilled.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group E - Japan v Spain - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate outside the stadium after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group E – Japan v Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate outside the stadium after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Crowds of fans in Shibuya exchanged high-fives with tired commuters as they made their way to work from one of Tokyo’s bustling stations.

The social media sphere erupted with jubilation, chanting “Samurai Blue!” and “Emerging victorious with a come-from-behind win!” Enthusiastic fans expressed their excitement by sharing manga-inspired illustrations of a spirited player donning a team uniform.

Illustration of International Relations

A thought-provoking caricature has been shared where three dragons, each representing a different country, can be seen draped in their respective national flags. One dragon symbolizes Japan, portrayed in a fierce posture, releasing a mighty roar. Another dragon signifies Spain, observing Germany with a curious gaze, while the German dragon appears perplexed by the situation. This clever depiction offers a reflection on the complexities and dynamics present in international relations.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group E - Japan v Spain - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate outside the stadium after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group E – Japan v Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate outside the stadium after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Naomi Osaka, the Japanese tennis player, paid tribute to the Japanese team through a manga-style depiction. Even Elon Musk took to Twitter to congratulate Japan on their victory.

The victory was met with great enthusiasm, even within Japan’s typically composed political sphere. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his excitement, describing the win as “historic.” He took the time to personally call Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu and Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima, extending his congratulations.

“I conveyed to them that they have imbued the Japanese population with courage and vitality,” Kishida commented on Twitter. “We eagerly await the upcoming round of 16. Keep persevering, Japan!”

Japan celebrated exuberantly after their national team’s 2-1 victory over Spain in the early hours of Friday morning. Crowds gathered in public viewing areas despite the cold weather, screaming with joy as they watched their team triumph over another strong football nation at the World Cup.

Japan, who also stunned Germany in their opening match in Qatar, emerged as the winners of Group E to progress to the round of 16. This marks the fourth time that Japan has reached this stage, having encountered setbacks in their previous attempts.

“The team will be facing Croatia, the runners-up of the 2018 championship, in a crucial match to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Fans in Tokyo watch Japan v Spain - Tokyo, Japan - December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate at the Shibuya Crossing after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Fans in Tokyo watch Japan v Spain – Tokyo, Japan – December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate at the Shibuya Crossing after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

One newspaper ran the headline “Doha Delights Again!” in its online edition, referencing the memorable event known as the “Miracle in Doha” when Japan defeated Germany.

Fans passionately chanting “Nippon” flooded Tokyo’s renowned Shibuya crossing in the early hours of the morning, joyfully leaping and exclaiming “Fight, fight, fight!” while authorities worked to manage the enthusiastic gathering.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Fans in Tokyo watch Japan v Spain - Tokyo, Japan - December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate at the Shibuya Crossing after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Fans in Tokyo watch Japan v Spain – Tokyo, Japan – December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate at the Shibuya Crossing after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

“I never anticipated that Japan would secure the top spot in the group. I am immensely grateful to Japan for their outstanding performance! I truly admire the team and its members,” expressed Yusei Sato, a 19-year-old sporting the Samurai Blue national team jersey.

Takuya Kudo

Age: 23

Emotional Reaction: Tearful

Japan’s victory brought Takuya Kudo to tears.

“I am extremely pleased,” he expressed. “Frankly, I never anticipated Japan to excel to this extent. I am genuinely overjoyed.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group E - Japan v Spain - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate outside the stadium after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group E – Japan v Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate outside the stadium after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Fans gathered in Shibuya, engaging in friendly gestures of high-fives with tired commuters who were making their way to work from one of Tokyo’s bustling stations.

The victory of the Samurai Blue ignited a wave of celebration across social media platforms, resonating with expressions of joy and admiration for their remarkable comeback. Enthusiastic fans took to sharing their artistic talent through manga-style illustrations depicting a spirited player in the team’s uniform.

Another user shared a captivating cartoon depicting three majestic dragons, each proudly representing a different country with their national flags. The Japanese dragon exuded power and intensity through its roaring display, while the Spanish dragon gazed intently at Germany, seemingly devising a plan. This illustration sparks curiosity and intrigue, stimulating the viewer’s imagination.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group E - Japan v Spain - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate outside the stadium after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group E – Japan v Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 2, 2022 Japan fans celebrate outside the stadium after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages. Photo: Reuters

Naomi Osaka, the Japanese tennis player, paid tribute to the Japanese team through a manga-style depiction. Even Elon Musk, the prominent figure, tweeted, “Congratulations, Japan!”

The atmosphere of victory permeated even the typically composed political circles of Japan, as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his excitement by describing the win as “historic.” He promptly reached out to Japan’s coach, Hajime Moriyasu, and the President of the Japan Football Association, Kozo Tashima, to extend his heartfelt congratulations.

“I conveyed to them how their performance has inspired the Japanese people, filling them with determination and vitality,” expressed Kishida on Twitter. “We eagerly anticipate their advancement to the next round. Keep up the fight, Japan!”