Tochigi SC destroyed the visiting Arte Takasaki 6-1 in an emotional contest to secure the standings position needed to gain promotion to J2 for the 2009 season.
Up to two other teams will enter J2 and Toyama and Okayama both have more than a win advantage over two other top four contenders with 2 games to go.
This result puts a single team in J2 in the 3 north Kanto prefectures. Unfortunately that looks to be it for a while. The only team with even a remote chance to make it in the near future is, unfortunately, Arte Takasaki.
The promotion will be official once the J. League administration gives the formality of its permission.