Tokyo, Japan, June 1, 2009 - Japan announced its Men's
Senior National Team for the 2009 World League at a press conference in Tokyo
Attending the conference were Japan's head coach, Tatsuya
Ueta, and 19 players. Daisuke Usami, a setter who played at the 2008 Beijing
Olympic Games, was named new captain of the team.
"Our team has started preparing for the 2012 London
Olympics," Ueta said. "First of all, I want my players to improve
their communication skills. I want them to communicate with each other more
deeply both on and off the court.
"At the World League, our team's key players will be
Tatsuya Fukuzawa and Kunihiro Shimizu, who have improved physically and
technically since last year. I also expect a lot of the jumping ability of our
team's young newcomer Shiro Furuta. I want to strengthen the ability of our
young players and enhance the skills of players who participated in the Beijing
The team will be at a training camp until June 11 before
participating in Week 1 of the World League Intercontinental Round against
Russia on June 13, which will be Japan's first game of their season.
"We have a great group of players," said
captain Usami. "We want to make sure we are moving in the same direction,
harmonize as a team, and compete game by game. Through the games of the World
League, we want to improve our individual skills and increase the level of the
At the World League, Japan will play against Russia (3rd
in the World Rankings), Bulgaria (4th), and Cuba (18th).
"I am looking forward to competing against such
highly ranked teams," Ueta said.
World League Entry Members: (last name, first name and
ABE, Yuta (27 years old), TAKAHASHI, Kozo (27), USAMI,
Daisuke (30), OTAKE, Takahisa (24)
MATSUTA, Yusuke (26), MATSUMOTO, Yoshihiko (28),
YAMAMURA, Kota (28), TOMIMATSU, Takaaki (24)
KITAJIMA, Takeshi (26), MAEDA, Kazuki (25), OGAWA Akira
(25), SHIMIZU, Kunihiro (22), FUKUZAWA, Tatsuya (22), ISHIJIMA, Yusuke (25),
KOSHIKAWA, Yu (24), YONEYAMA Yuta (24), FURUTA, Shiro (21)
TANABE, Osamu (30), INOUE, Yusuke (25)