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Japan's World Cup winners get cash reward

Japan's women's world cup soccer team head coach Sasaki and players pose during a photo session after a news conference in Tokyo
Japan's women's world cup soccer team head coach Sasaki and players pose during a photo session after a news conference in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Accolades continue to shower on Japan's women's soccer team after their World Cup triumph with a sponsor paying a bonus of one million yen ($12,680) to each player for their surprise success.

Brewer and soft drinks maker Kirin, an official sponsor of the Japan Football Association, rewarded the players after they beat the heavily favored United States on penalties in Germany on Friday.

"The buzz of excitement has been continuing since the final and we decided on the bonus straight away," the company's president Koichi Matsuzawa was quoted as saying by the Kyodo news agency.

Japan, the first Asian winners of the title, received a rock star treatment on Tuesday on their return from Germany when hundreds of fans and reporters received them at the airport.

($1 = 78.865 Japanese Yen)

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Patrick Johnston)

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