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Friday, 11th March 2011
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Japanese football players support union

A number of Japanese football players have confirmed their commitment to forming a union to call for better working conditions and rights.

The Japan Pro-Footballers Association (JPFA) represents around 960 players and confirmed that its members are keen for it to become a registered labour union to help protect their interests.

A statement from JPFA said:"It is aimed at having serious discussions about the Japanese football world in the future."

Members of the association include CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda and Japan's international captain and midfielder Makoto Hasebe and it has been campaigning for a number of years for players to be entitled to larger salaries, especially when playing for their country.

Currently Japan players receive no appearance money but are given a daily allowance of 10,000 yen (£74.7) for taking part in an international match.

In January, Japan's international team won the Asian Cup after beating Australia 1-0 in the final.

Written by Mark Smith.