Matsuda loses fight for life after heatstroke

Former Japan international Naoki Matsuda, who suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest during training on Tuesday, died Thursday. He was 34.

The 2002 World Cup defender had been in a critical condition after collapsing Tuesday during practice with Japan Football League club Matsumoto Yamaga.

The 34-year-old Matsuda collapsed with suspected heatstroke after a warm-up run on Tuesday morning but was later confirmed to have suffered cardiopulmonary arrest. He was unconscious on his arrival at hospital and showed no response to heart massage.

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Heatstroke Cases on the Rise in Power-Stuggling Japan

If early indications are anything to go by, last summer’s heatwave in Japan might not hold on to its record status for long.

As the mercury climbed to a new all-time high in one part of Japan last week, the boiling temperatures sent five times as many people to the hospital for heatstroke compared to the same period last summer.

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Nearly 3,000 people were rushed to the hospital in the week ending June 26, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

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