Reigning champions Yokohama F. Marinos sit four points behind table-toppers Vissel Kobe, who are eyeing their first-ever league title, and there are a number of teams vying for places in continental competitions. At the bottom of the table, it is a close fight between Yokohama FC and Shonan Bellmare to avoid relegation.
As the action gets set to resume on Friday, the-AFC.com takes a look at the talking points for the weeks ahead.
Title race going down to the wire
For the second season running, the J1 League title race is building towards a nail-biting climax. Defending champions Marinos, who pipped Kawasaki Frontale to the title by just two points in 2022, are once again in contention for what will be a third league triumph in five seasons. .....