In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that recently hit Japan, Tokyo Electric has been much aligned for its handling of its nuclear plants and power supply. One other casualty of the situation is the disbanding of ToDen’s (short for Tokyo Denryoku) women’s soccer team. Also called TepCo, Tokyo Electric’s team called the Mareeze (supposed to be a combination of the words “marine” and “breeze”) also led to the players having to find new teams to play for.
The Mareeze’s top player, Aya Sameshima, nicknamed “Same” or “Shark” eventually found a home in the USA playing for the Boston Breakers on a free agent contract signed in early June. She is currently in Germany representing Japan in her first World Cup.
Here is a list of all the players from the Japan National Women’s Soccer Team usually referred to as Nadeshiko Japan. A video of Aya Sameshima as well as all her teammates can be seen on the Japan Football Association’s video website as well.
UPDATE: I’ve added some photos and links to photos of Aya Sameshima and other members of the team to my latest post.