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A retired footballer, midfielder. He played for Japan in 3 FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002, 2006) and twice in Olympics. In 2001 he grabbed Serie A championship with AS Roma.
A ski jumper. In 1998 in Nagano he won two golds - one individual and one in a team. In the same year he won Four Hills Tournament as first Japanese.
A ski jumper. He holds a record for most performances in World Cup. In 1992 he won his only world championship (in ski flying). He also had numerous medals in world championships.
A swimmer, multiple Olympic gold medalist breaststroke swimmer. He won gold medals for 100m and 200m breaststroke at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics.
A female former judoka. In 2000 and 2004 she won two gold medals. In her career she was also seven times world champion.
A football midfielder with 120 caps in national team. She is also a member of the Japan's national team that won the 2011 World Cup. In 2012 she grabbed silver medal at Olympics.
A racing driver. He grabbed nearly 100 points in Formula One championship. Since 2010 he's been driving for Sauber F1 Team.
A footballer, midfielder. He is first Japanese player to score in the UEFA Champions League. In Europe he played for Reggina, Celtic and Espanyol.
A volleyball player, wing-spiker. She plays for Turkish team VakıfBank Türk Telekom. In 2012 she won bronze medal at Olympics.
A motorcycle racer. He was 2001 World Champion in 250cc class. He also raced in MotoGP. He died after crash during Japanese Grand Prix in 2003.
A rally driver. His most notable achievement was his wins in the Dakar Rally in 2002 and 2003, only the fourth driver in the event's history to win in consecutive years.
A former ski jumper. He was one of the most successful ski jumpers of the late 1960s and the early 1970s. He won gold medal at Olympics 1972 in Sapporo.
A hammer thrower. He has been in world elite since 2001 World Championships, where he won silver medal. He was 2004 Olympic champion. In 2011, he was crowned world champion.
A baseball player. Since 2001 he's been playing in MLB. He is a ten-time All-Star and won the 2007 All-Star Game MVP Award.
A former motorcycle racer. In 1993 he grabbed World Championship in 250cc class. In 2001 he was world vice-champion in MotoGP.
A professional tennis player. She reached No. 1 in women's doubles on the WTA Tour. In doubles she won three Grand Slam Tournaments (French Open, Wimbledon and US Open).
A Nordic combined skier. He won gold medals in the Nordic combined team events at the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics. Four-time world champion.
A ski jumper. In 2009 the oldest ski jumper to ever win a World Cup competition. In 1995 he grabbed individual world championship at large hill.
A rally driver. He is first Japanese driver who won WRC event (Rally Cote d'Ivoire in 1991 and 1992). In 1997 he won the Dakar Rally.
A retired ski jumper. He is best remembered for a meltdown at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer and his subsequent redemption at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
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