Chiharu Matsui
Housewife, 31 (Japanese)

The women, as it will be impossible for the men to win considering the strength of the other nations they will be playing against.

Ian Yates
Teacher/translator, 31 (Canadian)
The women’s team, because it would be something I could get behind. If the men were to win, it would seem more of a fluke than anything else.

Pauline Kustermans
Law student, 21 (Belgian)
The women’s team. Japanese women are usually very quiet and gentle, so it is interesting to see they can also be aggressive when it comes to sports.

Keiji Tamiya
Restaurateur and former ozeki Kotomitsuki, 36 (Japanese)
The women, but I don’t think they will because it’s always hard to win a second tournament after winning something like the World Cup.

Akiko Imaizumi
Travel agent, 29 (Japanese)
The men’s team, because I have never seen the Japanese men’s team win anything, but I have seen the women win the World Cup.

Tomokazu Endo
Businessman, 28 (Japanese)
The men’s team, simply because I am a guy and I like watching the men’s games more than the women’s games — that’s why I want the men to win.

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