As we all know, the 2012 Olympic games just began in London. In Japan, many people are excited to watch the games and, of course, expect good results from the athletes of our country. Amongst all the Japanese teams, the women's soccer team, “Nadeshiko Japan” has attracted the most attention. Many believe that Nadeshiko Japan is one of Japan's best prospects for winning the gold medal.
Last year, the team won the FIFA Women's World Cup. Before this game, the women's soccer team didn't attract much attention, because female soccer teams are not very popular in Japan. Moreover, many Japanese people have always categorized soccer as a male sport. When the Japanese public heard of the FIFA victory, they were highly pleased with Nadeshiko's impressive results during the games.
Women's soccer has as a result attracted national attention after they won. This victory changed the history of women's soccer in Japan.
Nadeshiko served as a beacon of hope for Japanese people. Since the Tohoku earthquake in March, Japanese morale has been low, but with the victories of Nadeshiko, Japan has grown confident once again.
The female soccer division has already begun in the London Olympics and Nadeshiko Japan won its first game versus Canada. We Japanese people expect good results for them as the games progress.