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Federation Announces National Teams for Asian Athletics Championships and East Asian Games

by Brett Larner

Alongside its post-National Championships announcement of the 41-member Japanese team for August's Moscow World Championships, the Japanese Federation announced the teams it has selected for July's Asian Athletics Championships in Pune, India and October's East Asian Games in Tianjin, China.

26 men and 26 women will make up the Asian Athletics Championships team, with sprinters Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC), Yuzo Kanemaru (Team Otsuka Seiyaku), Yuichi Kobayashi (Team NTN) and Kei Takase (Team Fujitsu), hurdlers Yasuhiro Fueki (Team Aima), Satomi Kubokura (Niigata Albirex RC) and Hitomi Shimura (Saga T&F Assoc.) and high jumper Miyuki Fukumoto (Konan Gakuen AC) doubling there and in Moscow.

The East Asian Games team includes 30 men and 28 women, led by 2013 national champions Yuki Ebhiara (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC), Sota Hoshi (Team Fujitsu), Shota Iizuka (Chuo Univ.), Sho Kawamoto (Nihon Univ.), Keisuke Ushiro (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC), Ryota Yamagata (Keio Univ.) and Seito Yamamoto (Chukyo Univ.).

20th Asian Athletics Championships Japanese National Team
July, 2013, Pune, India
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Men

Sprints
Hideyuki Hirose (Team Fujitsu)
Yusuke Ishitsuka (Mizuno)
Yuzo Kanemaru (Team Otsuka Seiyaku)
Sota Kawatsura (Mizuno)
Yuichi Kobayashi (Team NTN)
Kazuma Oseto (Hosei Univ.)
Kei Takase (Team Fujitsu)
Naoki Tsukahara (Team Fujitsu)
Kazuya Watanabe (Mizuno AC)

Middle Distance
Yuki Akimoto (Team Sanyo Tokushu Seiko)
Takeshi Kuchino (Team Fujitsu)
Masato Yokota (Team Fujitsu)

Long Distance
Satoru Kitamura (Team Nissin Shokuhin)
Tsuyoshi Takeda (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC)
Minato Yamashita (Team NTN)

Hurdles
Yasuhiro Fueki (Team Aima)
Yuta Imazeki (Shibuya Kyoiku H.S. staff)

Jumps
Takashi Eto (Tsukuba Univ.)
Shinichiro Shimono (Team Kyudenko)
Hiromi Takahari (Hitachi ICT)
Ryo Tanaka (Kansai Gakuin Univ.)
Wataru Yazawa (Hosei Univ.)

Throws
Ken Arai (77 Bank)
Yuya Koriki (Tottori AS)
Hiroshi Noguchi (Gunma Alsok Guard System)

Decathlon
Akihiko Nakamura (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC)

Women

Sprints
Sayaka Aoki (Team Toho Ginko)
Asami Chiba (Team Toho Ginko)
Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC)
Anna Fujimori (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.)
Saori Kitakaze (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC)
Mayumi Watanabe (Team Toho Ginko)

Middle Distance
Ayako Jinnouchi (Team Kyudenko)

Long Distance
Yoshika Arai (Team Edion)
Ayumi Hagiwara (Team Uniqlo)
Misato Horie (Team Noritz)
Shiho Takechi (Team Yamada Denki)

Hurdles
Ayako Kimura (Team Edion)
Manami Kira (Chuo Univ.)
Satomi Kubokura (Niigata Albirex RC)
Hitomi Shimura (Saga T&F Assoc.)

Jumps
Miyuki Fukumoto (Konan Gakuen AC)
Sachiko Masumi (Team Kyudenko)
Megumi Nakada (Ibaraki Myotomo AC)
Saeko Okayama (Hiroshima JOC)
Kanae Tatsuta (Mukogawa Joshi Univ.)

Throws
Masumi Aya (Maruzen Kogyo)
Kiho Kuze (Tsukuba Univ.)
Risa Miyashita (Osaka Taiku Univ.)
Yukiko Shirai (Saga T&F Assoc.)

Heptathlon
Chie Kiriyama (Chukyo Univ.)
Fumie Takehara (Team Hasegawa Taiiku Shisetsu)

6th East Asian Games Japanese National Team
Tianjin, China, Oct. 2013
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Men

Sprints
Asuka Cambridge (Nihon Univ.)
Shota Iizuka (Chuo Univ.)
Naoki Kobayashi (Tokai Univ.)
Kazuma Oseto (Hosei Univ.)
Ryota Yamagata (Keio Univ.)
Kengo Yamasaki (Nihon Univ.)

Middle Distance
Tsukasa Anzai (Juntendo Univ.)
Sho Kawamoto (Nihon Univ.)

Long Distance
Sota Hoshi (Team Fujitsu)
Aoi Matsumoto (Team Otsuka Seiyaku)
Shogo Nakamura (Komazawa Univ.)

Hurdles
Takatoshi Abe (Chukyo Univ.)
Keisuke Nozawa (Waseda Univ.)
Hiroyuki Sato (Hitachi Kasei)
Wataru Yazawa (Hosei Univ.)

Jumps
Shoichi Matsushita (Tsukuba Univ.)
Kota Minemura (Tsukuba Univ.)
Hiroki Ogita (Mizuno)
Yuhi Oiwa (Team Monteroza)
Naoto Tobe (Tsukuba Univ.)
Seito Yamamoto (Chukyo Univ.)

Throws
Roderick Genki Dean (Waseda Univ.)
Satoshi Hatase (Gunma Alsok Guard System)
Ryota Kashimura (Nihon Univ.)
Yuya Koriki (Tottori AS)
Yuji Tsutsumi (Kokushikan Univ.)

Decathlon
Akihiko Nakamura (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC)
Keisuke Ushiro (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC)

Walks
Isamu Fujisawa (Alsok)
Eiki Takahashi (Iwate Univ.)

Women

Sprints
Anna Doi (Saitama Sakae H.S.)
Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno)
Akane Kimura (Osaka Seikei Univ.)
Miho Shingu (Higashi Osaka Univ.)
Yuki Tamura (Iwate Univ.)
Saki Torihara (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.)

Middle Distance
Miho Ito (Juntendo Univ.)
Chikako Mori (Daito Bunka Univ.)

Long Distance
Riko Matsuzaki (Sekisui Kagaku)
Misaki Sango (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC)
Yuko Shimizu (Sekisui Kagaku)

Hurdles
Sayaka Aoki (Team Toho Ginko)
Airi Ito (Team Sumitomo Denko)
Haruka Shibata (Mizuno AC)
Eriko Soma (Tsukuba Univ.)

Jumps
Yurina Hiraka (Hokusho Univ.)
Yuki Mimura (Mizuno AC)
Tamaka Shimizu (Chuo Univ.)
Kanae Tatsuta (Mukogawa Joshi Univ.)
Mei Yamane (Sonoda Gakuen Joshi Univ.)

Throws
Yuki Ebihara (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC)
Kiho Kuze (Tsukuba Univ.)
Chihiro Shigeyama (Kokushikan Univ.)
Ai Shikimoto (Kokushikan Univ.)
Mika Takekawa (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC)

Heptathlon
Chie Kiriyama (Chukyo Univ.)

Walks
Kumiko Okada (Rikkyo Univ.)
Hiroi Maeda (Ritsumeikan Univ.)

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