A total of 397 Japanese athletes and officials will join eight other countries and regions in the second East Asian Games starting this weekend in the southern South Korean city of Pusan. 'It will be a tough competition, because the East Asian countries include top Asian countries China and South Korea,' said Hironoshin Furuhashi, head of the Japanese Olympic Committee. Japanese team leader Yoshiro Okai said their target is to win 'at least more gold medals than we took in Shanghai'. In Shanghai in 1993, Japan won 25 gold, 37 silver and 55 bronze medals, to take second place behind China, the winners of 105 gold medals. South Korea finished third.