World Cup match against Dutch retains high viewer rating in Japan

16:03, June 21, 2010      

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Japan's World Cup match against the Netherlands on Saturday drew an average viewer rating over 43 percent in the coutnry, said a ratings agency on Monday.

According to Video Research Ltd., the first-round match in South Africa, broadcast live in a prime-time slot by TV Asahi, logged the average rating of 43.0 percent in the Kanto region centered on Tokyo and 43.5 percent in the Kansai region where Osaka is located.

Both regions reached a peak of viewer rating at 55+ percent when the final whistle blew to end the Netherlands' 1-0 win.

The clash was the second of three Group E games for both sides.

Dutch side has reached the knockout stage with a group match remaining, while Japan still maintains hopes of going through with at least a draw.

Japan next face Denmark early Friday morning Japan time.

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