Japan reappoint Hajime Moriyasu through to 2026 FIFA World Cup

Hajime Moriyasu has become the first Japan coach to stay in the job after a FIFA World Cup, having been reappointed through to the qualification campaign for the 2026 edition. Kyodo News via AP

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu will stay on to lead the team into the next FIFA World Cup in 2026, the Japan Football Association said on Wednesday.

Moriyasu, who led the Samurai Blue to the knockout stage of this year's World Cup in Qatar, will be the first coach to manage Japan's team in two consecutive editions of the tournament.

Japan shocked Germany in their opener in Qatar, winning 2-1, but then lost to Costa Rica and beat Spain to finish top of their group and reach the last 16.

They were then beaten on penalties by Croatia as they came up short in their quest to reach the quarterfinals for the first time ever.