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Tokyo Lets Its Wild Side Show After World Cup Qualification

Posted: Jun. 12th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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It's not often that you'll find the Japanese cutting loose and letting their wild sides show, but Tokyo was ablaze with impassioned celebration following the results of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Things got a little wild when protesters got a overly rambunctious, but all in all, it was a show of citywide and national spirit that wont be matched soon.

Most of the Japanese people are usually known for their reserved attitude, but on Tuesday night they proved the contrary on Tokyo’s streets. After Japan qualified for the 2014 World Cup, the streets of Shibuya ward were rapidly packed with football fans storming into the intersections to celebrate Japan’s victory.

Hundreds of policemen lined up with bullhorns and whistles trying, with no result, to control the masses. In the end, the police lined up along the roadside, holding hands to form a human wall, according to the local press.


Some of the excited fans even tried to flip over a taxi abandoned in the middle of the street by pushing it, Sankei News reports.


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