The Japanese national team is one of the most traditional teams in Asia, being the main champion of its continent with four titles. In their most recent participation in the Asian Cup, last January, the Japanese fell in the final of the tournament against the other invited to the CONMEBOL Copa América, the Qatar National Team.

Japan hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup, along with South Korea, when they advanced to the round of sixteen. The current team has players competing in important European competitions, such as Takumi Minamino, Maya Yoshida and Yuya Osako.