On Tuesday morning, Japan was eliminated from the World Cup after suffering an agonising 3-2 defeat to Belgium in stoppage time, having led 2-0.

"We will not persuade Nishino to stay on the job, as his time as manager for the Japan national team ends," said Kozo Tashima.

Nishino said that his duty was to lead Japan during the World Cup and he had no intention of staying with the team after the tournament.

"I've coached the team with the thought that I will only do this until the end of the World Cup. I think I've fulfilled my duties," Nishino said.

The 63-year-old took charge of the national team in early April replacing Vahid Halilhodzic and led Japan to their first FIFA World Cup knockout stage since 2010.

It means that there will be a new face in charge of the Blue Samurai at the Asian Cup, which gets underway on 5 January in the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier media reports suggested that former Germany and USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann could replace Nishino.