|Federation||Japan Softball Association|
|Confederation||Softball Confederation of Asia|
|WBSC World Rank||2nd|
|Women's Softball World Championship|
|Appearances||? (First in 1965 )|
|Best result||1st (3 times, most recent in 2014 )|
|World Cup of Softball|
|Appearances||11 (First in 2005 )|
|Best result||1st (4 times, most recent in 2017 )|
|Appearances||5 (First in 1996 )|
|Best result||1st (2 times, most recent in 2020 )|
|Appearances||10 (First in 1967 )|
|Best result||1st (6 times, most recent in 2017 )|
|Appearances||8 (First in 1990 )|
|Best result||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.
The roster was released on 23 March 2021.
|Softball at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Japan roster|
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