Sanspo: Samurai Japan lost out on a potential clean-up when it was found that Hideki Matsui wouldn't be able to participate. The coaching staff is now looking at other candidates and two names have been mentioned so far: Shuichi Murata and Nobuhiko Matsunaka.
Sanspo: Senichi Hoshino submits his report on the Olympics to the JOC. In it, he cites a weakness in fighting spirit and a lack of international game experience as reasons for losing. In comparing Team Japan with Korea: "We were spiritually weaker [than Korea]. It isn't that they weren't trying hard enough, but I think in the end, the team that wanted it more won." He also said, "The more opportunities we give our players to play on the international stage, the better our chances will be moving forward to succeed in international competition. ... I look forward to seeing our players regain their composure from the loss at the Olympics and rising to the occasion [at the WBC]."