Ryoji Aikawa

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Ryoji Aikawa
2010.04.03Ryoji Aikawa.JPG
Aikawa with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Yomiuri Giants – No. 79
Catcher / Coach
Born: (1976-07-11) July 11, 1976 (age 43)
Chiba, Japan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
NPB debut
August 21, 1999, for the Yokohama BayStars
Last NPB appearance
October 3, 2017, for the Yomiuri Giants
NPB statistics
(through 2017)
Batting average.260
Home runs69
As player

As coach

Ryoji Aikawa (相川 亮二, Aikawa Ryōji, born July 11, 1976 in Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan) is a former professional Japanese baseball player. He plays catcher for the Yomiuri Giants. [1]

Aikawa was a member of the Japanese national baseball team at the 2006 World Baseball Classic and 2013 World Baseball Classic. He also won the Bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Aikawa is a Christian. Aikawa has spoken about his faith saying, "There are always hurdles and obstacles to overcome in daily life, but knowing God is there helps me get through difficult times. I wish more Japanese people would find Jesus Christ as I have, and I am thankful I have been able to play professional baseball for such a long time."[2]

His younger brother, Juri, is an actor and model.[3]


  1. ^ "Ryoji Aikawa". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  2. ^ "Still on the Diamond".
  3. ^ "JURI Profile" (PDF). Gig Management Japan. Retrieved March 8, 2017.

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