THE BOSS AKIRA NISHINO
Must find his feet quickly, replacing Vahid Halilhodzic, who was fired two months before the tournament.
THE STAR SHINJI KAGAWA
Dortmund and former Manchester United star will be expected to pull the strings in midfield.
THE PROSPECT YOSHINORI MUTO
The striker, 25, who studied economics at university, has been linked with Newcastle.
The creativity of Kagawa and Keisuke Honda.
Squad heads to Russia unsettled after changing manager in April.