Japan women's national softball team

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Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
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CountryJapan
FederationJapan Softball Association
Confederation Softball Confederation of Asia
Manager Reika Utsugi
WBSC World Rank 2nd
Women's Softball World Championship
Appearances? (First in 1965 )
Best resultGold medal world centered.svg 1st (3 times, most recent in 2014 )
World Cup of Softball
Appearances11 (First in 2005 )
Best resultGold medal world centered.svg 1st (4 times, most recent in 2017 )
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (First in 1996 )
Best resultGold medal olympic.svg 1st (2 times, most recent in 2020 )
Asian Championship
Appearances10 (First in 1967 )
Best resultGold medal asia.svg 1st (6 times, most recent in 2017 )
Asian Games
Appearances8 (First in 1990 )
Best resultGold medal asia.svg 1st (5 times, most recent in 2018 )

The Japan women's national softball team is the national team of Japan in international softball competitions. It is governed by the Japan Softball Association. They are currently ranked #2 in the world by the International Softball Federation. In four Olympic Games, since 1996 until 2008, Japan has won one gold medal, a silver medal and a bronze medal. In the top four nations at the Olympics, Japan is the second most successful national team (winning three medals), following the United States (four medals, three gold and a silver), and beating out Australia (also four medals out of which three were bronze and one silver) and China with one silver medal. After winning the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Japanese national team was defeated by the United States team at the XII Women's Softball World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

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2020 Olympics

Roster

The roster was released on 23 March 2021. [1] [2]

Softball at the 2020 Summer OlympicsFlag of Japan.svg Japan roster
PlayersCoaches
Pitchers
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Schedule and results

On July 20, 2021, Japan won the initial game, which was against Australia; the result was 8:0. The game took place in Sabara, Fukushima. [4]

The future of the Japanese national softball team

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The Japanese side lined up during player introductions

The International Olympic Committee decided that softball and baseball should not be included in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Still, fast pitch softball tournaments are organized all over the World, and they provide the opportunity for the National teams to compete at the highest level players can attain. The Japan Softball Association holds the Japan Softball Cup, and other competitions include the World Cup of Softball and the International Softball Federation Women's World Championship. [5]

Additional information

Results

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