Kentaro Asahi

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Kentaro Asahi
Personal information
Full name Kentaro Asahi
Born (1975-09-19) September 19, 1975 (age 41)
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Katsuhiro Shiratori
Previous teammates
Teammate Tours (points)
Koichi Nishimura
Satoshi Watanabe
25 (295)
24 (605)

Kentaro Asahi (朝日健太郎, Asahi Kentarō?, born September 19, 1975) is a Japanese professional beach volleyball player and politician. He was born in Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Asahi played as a center for the Japan men's national volleyball team in the 1990s. He ended up in sixteenth place at the 1998 World Championship, and later on started a career in beach volleyball. Asahi and teammate Katsuhiro Shiratori represented Japan in beach volleyball at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.[1]

Asahi began to work for IT company Forval Corporation in 2011 through a Japanese Olympic Committee athlete hiring program.[2]

In July 2016, Asahi was elected as a member of the House of Councillors representing the Tokyo at-large district for the Liberal Democratic Party.[3]