"They made us look like fools, which really worries me. Even our captain Marc Wilmots went under."
Belgium coach Robert Waseige's frank assessment of Slovakia's performance in an April 17 friendly international should tantalize Japan.
The Belgians are Japan's opening World Cup opponents. Since Slovakia made Waseige's men suffer so badly in that 1-1 draw in Brussels, Japan might hope to pick up a few tips from the Eastern Europeans when they play on Monday in the Kirin Cup.
That could be the thinking, but in reality Philippe Troussier and Co. will only learn a limited amount from the Slovakia squad that arrived at Narita airport on Friday. It …