The Black Stars of Ghana suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of hosts Japan in their Kirin Cup opener at the National Stadium in Tokyo.
Japan got off to a great start with Yamane Miki netting the opener at the half-hour mark following an intricate passing move by the Asians.
Crystal Palace star Jordan Ayew levelled a minute before halftime after firing right at the edge of the box, but a momentary lapse in concentration saw Japan take the lead again before halftime.
Nitoma Kaoru’s cross evaded everyone to beat goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi.
After the break Real Mallorca star, Takefusa Kubo connected from a cross to give Japan a two-goal lead before Daizen Maeda sealed victory with eight minutes left.
Ghana will face the loser of the game between Chile and Tunisia in their next match.