Next tie 19-20 April 2014
Japan will next compete in a World Group II play-off against Netherlands as they look to avoid back-to-back relegation seasons. It will be the first meeting between the nations since 1999 with the Dutch having won three of the four previous ties between the nations.
Last tie 8-9 February 2014
Japan fell short in a tough away tie against Argentina on clay in Buenos Aires. Kurumi Nara lost out in the second longest known rubber in Fed Cup history as she failed to capitalise on winning the first set against Maria Irigoyen. Paula Ormaechea was then too strong as she dismissed Misaki Doi and Nara to put the tie beyond doubt. Shuko Aoyama and Risa Ozaki were able to get the visitors on the board in the dead doubles rubber.
Japan are former Fed Cup semifinalists, having reached the last four in 1996. A year later, Japan’s World Group first round tie against France entered the record books on three counts - most number of games in a tie (162) and joint most number of games in a rubber (54) and set (32), when Nathalie Tauziat defeated Naoko Sawamatsu 75 46 1715.
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