Japan meets the USA in the Women's World Cup final on Sunday in Germany, and I'm rooting for the team from the Far East. I'm not even a soccer fan, but to me this isn't about the game. This is about a nation still reeling four months after its worst natural disaster in 140 years. This is about tens of thousands of people dead and missing, homes and businesses destroyed, families cramped in shelters. This is about an unnerving nuclear disaster and people risking their lives trying to prevent a complete meltdown.
Not to put undue pressure on the women from the Japanese soccer team, but Japan as a nation needs a victory. The Japanese need something to distract them from the daily dose of bad news that has greeted them each day since March 11.
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So forgive me if I'd rather root for Homare Sawa and Nahomi Kawasumi instead of Abby Wambach and Hope Solo (or Heather O'Reilly and Tobin Heath from my alma mater). Pardon me if I take a break from being an American for a couple of hours on Sunday. I am half Japanese, after all.
Ganbare Nadeshiko Japan.