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Did you know?

… that the first hockey team in Japan was Isetan, formed in Tokyo in 1973

Japan qualified for this year's world championships by winning the Division I tournament in 2003 in Ventspils, Latvia. The Japanese defeated Kazakhstan on the final day of the round-robin tournament 2-0 to ensure first place and keep the Kazakhs in second place. Thus, the team playing in Halifax in this year's top-level tournament will do well just to stay competitive throughout. To their advantage, most of the women on this national team play for one of three club teams—Iwakura, Rokkatei, and Kokudo—thus ensuring familiarity with each other's play. Head coach Kenji Nobuta will rely heavily on Yuka Oda in goal. The other goalies on the squad are Tomoko Fujimoto and Taeko Kakumaru. On defence, 18-year-old Haruna Kumano and 20-year-old Emi Nonaka are expected to get the lion's share of ice time against the top players on the opposition. The rest of the blueline includes Etsuko Wada, Yoko Kondo, Asako Kanno, Tomoe Yamane, Tomoko Sakagami, and Masami Akama. The top forwards are 21-year-old Hanae Kubo and 30-year-old Masako Sato. The rest of the forward roster includes Chiaki Yamanaka, Chiemi Noshita, Haruka Takashima, Yuki Togawa, Aki Tsuchida, Yoko Tamada, Michiko Ibe, Saori Akita, Shoko Nihonyanagi, and Yae Kawashima.

Rosters/Alignements
#
Player
S/C
Ht.
Wt.
Birthdate
Hometown
2003-04 Team
#
Joueuse
L/C
T.
P.
Naissance
Ville díorigine
Équipe 2003-04
Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but
-
Yuka Oda
L/G
161
51
3/15/73
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Toyota
-
Tomoko Fujimoto
L/G
168
68
6/30/79
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Iwakura
-
Taeko Kakumaru
R/D
161
61
1/30/85
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Daishin
Defence/Défense
 
Haruna Kumano
L/G
160
51
1/5/86
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Daishin
-
Emi Nonaka
L/G
158
56
8/21/84
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Iwakura
-
Etsuko Wada
R/D
153
65
10/18/79
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Rokkatei
-
Yoko Kondo
R/D
165
59
2/13/79
Hachinohe, Aomori
Kokudo
-
Asako Kanno
R/D
163
61
9/5/86
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Rokkatei
-
Tomoe Yamane
R/D
168
70
3/24/86
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Daishin
-
Tomoko Sakagami
R/D
162
57.5
10/18/83
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Iwakura
-
Masami Akama
L/G
164
58
12/2/85
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Iwakura
Forwards/Avants
-
Hanae Kubo
R/D
167
61
12/10/82
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Iwakura
-
Chiaki Yamanaka
R/D
164
59
5/20/83
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Iwakura
-
Chiemi Noshita
R/D
156
55
10/11/84
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Iwakura
-
Haruka Takashima
R/D
169
65
1/30/88
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Iwakura
-
Masako Sato
R/D
158
55
6/9/73
Tomakomai, Hokkaido
Rokkatei
-
Yuki Togawa
L/G
153
55
2/28/78
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Rokkatei
-
Aki Tsuchida
R/D
156
55
5/29/79
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Rokkatei
-
Yoko Tamada
L/G
157
50
8/2/80
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Rokkatei
-
Michiko Ibe
R/D
174
68
6/16/83
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Rokkatei
-
Saori Akita
R/D
169
79.5
7/16/82
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Rokkatei
-
Shoko Nihonyanagi
L/G
156
56
9/5/81
Sapporo, Hokkaido
Kokudo
-
Yae Kawashima
R/D
162
59
8/6/83
Soka, Saitama
Kokudo

Staff/Personnel
Head Coach/Entraîneur-chef : Kenji Nobuta / Tomakomai Hokkido.
Assistant Coach/Entraîneur adjoint : Hedenori Shinohara / Kushiro Hokkaido
Assistant Coach/Entraîneur adjoint : Yuichiro Nakajimaya / Kushiro Hokkaido
Team Leader/Chef d’équipe : Akinori Fukikoshi / Kushiro Hokkaido
Trainer/Soigneur : Naoki Matsuda / Mito Ibaragi
Doctor/Médecin : Yoshimitsu Aoki / Sapporo Hokkaido
For more information:
Kalli Quinn Director, Female National Teams | Équipes nationales féminines