JapanGroup B / Presidents Cup

 

It was tough work but finally Japan managed to qualify for Sweden. Saudi-Arabia was a strong opponent in the Bronze final of the Asian Championships in January 2010, but Japan beat them closely – and qualified for a WCH tournament for the ninth time. But in the 2000’s it’s only their second time they play this major tournament, as they had missed the WCH’s 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2009.

 

Japan was the leading Asian nation until Korea improved after their home Olympics in 1988. Since then the Japanese team didn’t win the continental championships anymore and played the second or third role in Asia. Their best ever WCH ranking was the 12th position in 1974 and 1978.