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Coach Moriyasu goes with youth in Japan squad for Asian Cup

TOKYO (AP) Southampton's Maya Yoshida and Salzburg's Takumi Minamino have been included in a Japan squad that will be missing Shinji Okazaki and Shinji Kagawa at next month's Asian Cup.

The Jan. 5-Feb. 1 tournament in the United Arab Emirates will be Japan's first Asian Cup under head coach Hajime Moriyasu, who has a record of four wins and a draw since succeeding Akira Nishino after the World Cup in Russia.

"The last time we couldn't win the title," Moriyasu said. "So for this Asian Cup, I hope to win back the title and bring it back to Japan. We hope to compete with that goal in mind."

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