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Japanese media take on national side

Japan captain Erika Araki acted as referee on the day which saw eight teams in total compete
Tokyo, Japan, May 20, 2010 – The Japan senior women’s team held a friendly Volleyball event with the Japanese media at the Ajinomoto National Training Center in Tokyo on Monday with eight teams participating, including FIVB World Championship broadcasters TBS.

Two national teams went up against, JOC (Japanese Olympic Committee), NTV, TBS, Fuji TV, TV Asahi, Nippon Bunka Publishing, and a Press Club team with 120 people participating in total.

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Excluding the professionals, TV Asahi came out on top with NTV claiming second and TBS coming third.

“We enjoy this event every year,” Japan captain Erika Araki, who was a referee on the day, said. “This year, we have World Grand Prix and World Championship, and we feel every event is important for us. The players and staff will get together and do our best, so we would like to have support from the media as well.”

“It was my first time to climb on the referee stand, so it was a new fun experience for me!” Araki added. “I feel the level of the event is rising every year. Sometimes, I have to complain against the referee (during the match), but perhaps I better not do that from now on.”

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