Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick is taking the positives out of Nathan Burns' departure to Japan.
Central Coast Mariners striker Mitchell Duke has left the A-League club to join Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse.
Western Sydney Wanderers have bolstered their squad for their Asian Champions League campaign by signing Japan international Yojiro Takahagi.
Australia will go into January's Asian Cup on the back of an alarming sequence of results, after losing their final warm-up match 2-1 to Japan.
Coach Ange Postecoglou was unhappy with his team's defending at set pieces in their 2-1 defeat to Japan in Osaka.
A-League duo Mark Milligan and Terry Antonis are out of Australia's international camp and the friendly against Japan.
Neil Emblen wants his New Zealand side to pick up the way they left off against Japan, when they take on South Africa on Friday.
Danny Vukovic will try to win back the first-choice goalkeeping slot at Perth Glory, after ending his loan spell in Japan.
In Japan they call Shinji Ono "Tensai" - genius - and he will need to live up to that reputation if Western Sydney are to reach the next stage of the ACL.
Melbourne Victory need one win from their last two Asian Champions League group games to progress, after losing 3-2 to Yokohama F. Marinos.