Japan's journey to achieve a third successive ladies' Reality Container last started with a baffling goalless draw against unheralded Argentina in Paris on Monday.
Asako Takakura's Japan kept just about 66% of ball ownership in the principal half yet attempted to discover a route past a trained Argentine focus back blending of Agustina Barroso and Aldana Cometti.
Japan's just important shot came soon after the interim when forward Kumi Yokoyama's long-run exertion constrained goalkeeper Vanina Correa into her first spare, before Yuki Sugasawa shot the bounce back over the bar.
The outcome guaranteed Carlos Borrello's Argentina stayed away from destruction without precedent for a World Container coordinate, having lost every one of their past six diversions in the challenge.
Japan, who lifted the World Glass in 2011 by vanquishing the US, will be frustrated with their lazy presentation in the last third in the wake of chronicle only three endeavors on target.