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Tuesday, 24th June 2008
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Yasuhiko Okudera becomes president of Plymouth Argyle

One of the first Japanese footballers to play in Europe has been appointed as the new president of Coca Cola Championship club Plymouth Argyle.

Yasuhiko Okudera is currently the president of Japanese club Yokohama F Marinos and received 32 caps for Japan, according to the Daily Yomiuri.

In 1977, Okudera joined Germany's FC Koln. When he later returned to Japan he became the president and manager of Furukawa.

Together with former Kolm team mate Pierre Littbarski he formed Yokohama FC which quickly became a major club in Japanese league football.

Last season the club finished tenth in the league and have previously had the dubious honour of starring in their very own comic strip in Viz magazine.

Plymouth Argyle's new director Yasuaki Kagami has also said he is considering bringing a number of Japanese footballers to the club.

He told BBC Sport: "They've got to fit in the team and the coach has to feel as though they'll come and compliment the team."