Japan women's national softball team

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FederationJapan Softball Association
ConfederationSoftball Confederation of Asia
ManagerReika Utsugi
WBSC World Rank2nd
Women's Softball World Championship
Appearances? (First in 1965)
Best result 1st (3 times, most recent in 2014)
World Cup of Softball
Appearances11 (First in 2005)
Best result 1st (4 times, most recent in 2017)
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (First in 1996)
Best result 1st (2 times, most recent in 2020)
Asian Championship
Appearances10 (First in 1967)
Best result 1st (6 times, most recent in 2017)
Asian Games
Appearances8 (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.[1][2]

Softball at the 2020 Summer Olympics Japan roster
Players Coaches





Schedule and results[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • At the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Japanese prized pitcher, Yukiko Ueno, shut down the seemingly unstoppable American batters. Spectators labeled her the star of the series. With her challenging fast ball, the 26-year-old right hander threw 413 pitches in three full games over two days. In the game against the United States she threw strike after strike with speed and movement even though she had a huge blister on her pitching hand.
  • At the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Japanese National Women's Softball Team had to pull out a 4–3 extra-inning win against Australia with Rei Nishiyama belting a home run in the 12th inning to reach the final. In the game prior to that, Japan lost 4–1 to the United States with the Americans scoring four runs in the ninth which allowed the Americans to reach the final.
  • At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, the Japanese National Women's Softball Team won all their games until the gold medal match in which they lost to the United States 1–0 in extra inning and had to settle for the silver. The Japanese had beaten the United States in an earlier game, ending the American's 112-game winning streak.[6]
  • In the Athens Olympics in 2004, Yukiko Ueno entered the history books by pitching the first perfect game in Olympic history, leading Japan to a 2–0 win over China.[6]
  • Many softball players from abroad come to Japan to play for Japanese Corporate teams. Each team is allowed two foreigners, some even coming from the United States National Softball team.



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  1. ^ "Japan unveils Olympic softball roster for Tokyo 2020". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  2. ^ "2020東京五輪日本代表候補選手 (Candidates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Japan National Team)". 公益財団法人日本ソフトボール協会 (Japan women's national softball team). Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Team Roster Japan" (PDF). olympics.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  4. ^ World Baseball Softball Confederation: "Tokyo 2020 Softball" Softball Olympic Games 2020 (WBSC.org) Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  5. ^ "International Softball Federation". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  6. ^ a b "American Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball And Olympic Team Sports in Japan – Japan". Facts and Details. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012.

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