Tokushima Vortis 3-1 FC Gifu

Basic goals were the undoing of Gifu as they slipped back to the bottom of the table while Vortis stayed in the play-off places. Goals from Kim, Tsuda & Shibasaki comfortably saw Vortis home and plunged Gifu back to the bottom.

Thespa Kusatsu Gunma 3-0 Matsumoto Yamaga

A fantastic display from Thespa, lead by the superb Ryuichi Hirashige, saw them claim a vital win against a very disappointing Matsumoto Yamaga. A Daichi Inui header, a Ryota Nagata half volley and a cool Kota Aoki finish saw Gunma ease to victory.

Kataller Toyama 3-1 Consadole Sapporo

A win as impressive as it was vital. Goals from Seo, Funatsu and a first goal for Kazuki Mine earned Toyama a vital win in (once again) horrible conditions at Toyama’s home ground.

Gainare Tottori 0-0 Roasso Kumamoto

A point was OK for both sides in this dull scoreless draw at the the Torigin Stadium.

V-Varen Nagasaki 1-1 Ehime FC

Masaru Kato’s clinical finish, after capitalising on a mistake by Nagasaki defender Yamaguchi, secured a welcome point for the Shikoku side. They had gone 1-0 early in the game.

Yokohama FC 1-2 Giravanz Kitakyushu

In a bad-tempered game, goals in quick succession from Morimura and Kim Dong Hee gave Giravanz the win against 10 man Yokohama.

How it stands at the bottom:

16 Roasso Kumamoto 27 6 10 11 29 44 -15 28    
17 Kataller Toyama 27 6 9 12 25 36 -11 27    
18 Ehime FC 26 7 5 14 24 35 -11 26    
19 Gainare Tottori 27 5 11 11 24 42 -18 26    
20 Giravanz Kitakyushu 27 6 7 14 31 41 -10 25    
21 Thespa Kusatsu Gunma 27 5 8 14 23 39 -16 23    
22 FC Gifu 27 5 6 16 22 55 -33 21    
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