The Team Japan fans love is not just focused on a single player or a particular strength, but rather a more offensively and defensively sound squad that works better as a unit. Japan has truly reinvented themselves with their new generation of stars.
Among those involved in the team’s evolution is Ran Takahashi, who joined the team straight out of high school. The 22-year-old has been a whirlwind success, something he does not want to claim but also a situation that he could never have predicted. However, he is pleased for this confidence boosting compliment.
“I don’t think I’m actually famous but being a player recognized internationally is something to be happy about,” Ran said.
“To be able to compete against other players in the world, I know I still need to improve my skills. I’m happy that people are recognizing me, and I would like to use the confidence boost for the future.”