Tamotsu Enomoto told reporters yesterday that Yusuke Nomura could start against China on Saturday (Hirokazu Sawamura was originally supposed to pitch on Saturday but was taken off the roster due to an injury).
In other WUBC news:
The opening ceremony for the tournament took place last night. Shota Ishimine (Japan's captain) gave his opening speech in English. Hosei University's cheer group also made an appearance.