Japan Names IFAF World Championship Roster

Japanese defensive veteran Yauso Wakisaka (46) to make record 5th tournament appearance.

On Monday, the Japan American Football Association (JAFA) announced the 45-man squad that will compete in the upcoming International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship in Canton, Ohio.

Veteran Defensive Lineman Yasuo Wakisaka makes will make a record fifth straight tournament when the team takes to the field in Canton, Ohio on July 12th.

46-year-old defensive lineman Yasuo Wakisaka (center) listens to Head Coach Kiyoyuki on June 14th. A day later Wakisaka was chosen for his record fifth straight World Championship.

46-year-old defensive lineman Yasuo Wakisaka (center) listens to Head Coach Kiyoyuki on June 14th. A day later Wakisaka was chosen for his record fifth straight World Championship.

National champions Fujitsu Frontiers have the largest contingent with 13 players selected by head coach Kiyoyuki Mori, followed by Obic Seagulls with 11. The sole university representative is 20-year-old running back Taku Lee from Keio.

Mori decided to take just two QBs and a single TE to the USA and will be hoping injuries don’t cause him to regret that gamble.

Team Japan will train from June 20 to 28 before departing on July 7th.

A sending off ceremony is scheduled for June 27th with the venue yet to be decided.

2015 IFAF World Championship Japan National Team

Position Name Team Age
QB Tesuo Takata Panasonic Impulse 33
QB Shohei Kato LIXIL Deers 27
RB Ryo Takagi IBM Big Blue 25
RB Takuya Furutani Obic Seagulls 38
RB Kosuke Kamiyama Fujitsu Frontiers 28
RB Taku Lee Keio University 20
WR Takashi Kurihara IBM Big Blue 27
WR Yuta Hayashi Asahi Beer Silver Star 24
WR Noriaki Kinoshita Obic Seagulls 32
WR Shoma Endo Panasonic Impulse 24
WR Shunpei Yoshimoto Fujitsu Frontiers 24
WR Katsuya Nagakawa LIXIL Deers 28
WR Naoki Maeda LIXIL Deers 29
WR Yasuhiro Miyamoto LIXIL Deers 26
TE Takahiro Haruta Fujitsu Frontiers 30
OL Haruhisa Kurokawa Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers 26
OL Takehito Noda Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers 29
OL Yusuke Yamamoto Obic Seagulls 29
OL Akira Katsuyama Fujitsu Frontiers 25
OL Yutaro Kobayashi Fujitsu Frontiers 27
OL Tetsuya Saito Fujitsu Frontiers 26
OL Shun Mochizugi Fujitsu Frontiers 26
OL Kohei Arai LIXIL Deers 25
DL Takuya Seike Obic Seagulls 24
DL Shota Tomita Obic Seagulls 25
DL Munekazu Shikama Panasonic Impulse 33
DL Yasuo Wakisaka Panasonic Impulse 46
DL Ryota Takahashi Fujitsu Frontiers 24
DL Motoyuki Hirai Fujitsu Frontiers 33
DL Toru Hirasawa LIXIL Deers 26
DL Mitsunori Kihira *Unaffiliated 32
LB Yo Sawada Obic Seagulls 23
LB Masayoshi Tsukada Obic Seagulls 32
LB Shuichiro Suzuki Fujitsu Frontiers 35
LB Shuhei Takeuchi Fujitsu Frontiers 26
LB Kensuke Amaya LIXIL Deers 25
DB Keisaburo Isagawa Obic Seagulls 24
DB Kento Tojo Obic Seagulls 23
DB Masashi Fujimoto Obic Seagulls 30
DB Takeshi Miyake Obic Seagulls 31
DB Ryohei Imanishi Panasonic Impulse 28
DB Atsushi Tsuji Panasonic Impulse 28
DB Yuki Ishii Fujitsu Frontiers 23
DB Atsushi Fujita Fujitsu Frontiers 29
K/P Shintaro Saeki Panasonic Impulse 23
John Gunning
John Gunning is a Tokyo based sports writer. He is a sumo commentator for NHK and covers MMA and American football for national and international publications.
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