Asian Cup Quarterfinals Japan 1-2 Iran (February 3, 2024 Qatar Al Rayyan)
During the live broadcast of the Japan national soccer team's Asia Cup quarterfinal match against Iran on TV Asahi on the 3rd, public service announcements for “AC Japan'' were played before the game and during halftime.
AC Japan is used to fill vacant slots when sponsors refrain from doing commercials.
Junya Ito (30), who was on the Japanese national team after being accused of sexual assault, left the team, and this appears to have been a factor.
TV Asahi responded to the interview by saying, “We do not respond to inquiries about individual transactions (with sponsors).''