Japan under curfew in South Africa

BY foxsports • November 12, 2009

Japan's football team is subject to a security curfew ahead of Saturday's friendly with 2010 World Cup host South Africa. Japan's players have been instructed not to leave their hotel after dark while they are in South Africa for the match in Port Elizabeth. "The players are free to go to the beach in front of the hotel, but we've told them not to go out after dark," Ichirota Fukushi, the team's media relations director, told The Associated Press via telephone from South Africa. South Africa has one of the worst crime rates in the world, putting the government under pressure to show that safety is improving ahead of next year's World Cup. South Africa's murder rate - one of the world's highest - has dropped slightly, but the country faces a distressing rise in rapes, robberies and hijackings, according to South African police figures released in September.