Japan

Team Japan has never looked better. After defeating Australia at the 2015 Asia-Oceania Championships, they took the #3 spot in the world. In May, they defended this success, besting Great Britain twice to win the 2015 Para Wheelchair Rugby Games. Longtime veterans Daisuke Ikezaki and Shin Nakazato make this team fun to watch.

Team Staff
Koichi Ogino - Head Coach
Yasuo Shiozawa - Team Leader
Hiroyuki Misaka - Asst. Coach
Noriko Nikaido Team Staff - Support
Kei Miyama - Team Staff - Equipment
Hitomi Iwakura - Team Staff - Medical
Sumi Yamamoto - Team Staff - Medical
Yuri Nakao - Team Manager
Ryuichi Sawa - Team Staff - Support
Mayumi Shiozawa - Team Staff - Support
Hiroki Yamada - Other
Hideki Nakatani - Other

Team Highlights

  • 2002: 8th – World Championships, Gothenberg, SWE
  • 2004: 8th – Paralympics, Athens, GRE
  • 2006: 5th – World Championships, Christchurch, NZL
  • 2008: 7th – Paralympics, Beijing, CHN
  • 2010: 3rd – World Championships, Richmond, CAN
  • 2012: 4th - Paralympics, London, UK
  • 2015: 1st - Asia-Oceania Championships, Chiba, JPN

Team Roster

#4: Masayuki Haga

Class: 2.0

#21: Yukinobu Ike

Class: 3.0

#7: Daisuke Ikezaki

Class: 3.0

#9: Tomoaki Imai

Class: 1.0

#6: Kazuhiko Kanno

Class: 2.0

#15: Kotaro Kishi

Class: 0.5

#11: Shin Nakazato

Class: 2.5

#22: Seiya Norimatsu

Class: 1.5

#13: Shinichi Shimakawa

Class: 3.0

#14: Takeshi Shoji

Class: 2.0

#1: Hidefumi Wakayama

Class: 1.0

#20: Takahisa Yamaguchi

Class: 1.0