There was a press conference just a few hours ago announcing that Team Japan's catch phrase will be Samurai Japan. The coaching staff was also officially announced.
Manager: Tatsunori Hara 原辰徳
Pitching Coach: Hisashi Yamada 山田久志
Bullpen Coach: Tsuyoshi Yoda 与田剛
Sogo (Bench) Coach: Tsutomu Ito 伊東勤
Batting Coach: Kazunori Shinozuka 篠塚和典
INF Coach: Nobuhiro Takashiro 高代延博
OF Coach: Koichi Ogata 緒方耕一
The media will be watching Yamada closely as they feel he could hold the key in terms of keeping everyone together. Yamada has experiencing managing (Chunichi Dragons: 2002 - 2003) and is also close to Ichiro from his days as pitching coaching with the then Orix Blue Waves. Ito is also thought to be an important piece to the coaching staff as he too also has experience as a manger (Seibu Lions: 2004 - 2007) and knows Matsuzaka. Japan has given Hara a fairly strong cast of coaches to help him throughout his bid to bring home the gold.