Aug. 15, 2012 - 11:19AM JST
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Maria at Aug. 15, 2012 - 09:44AM JST
“To get close to China first we have to improve against rivals like Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.”
Japan is Japan's rival?
JA_Cruise at Aug. 15, 2012 - 09:53AM JST
Yeah, it was clear that China out mastered the Japanese in shot technique and consistency. They are on a different level and not sure how Japan can catch up.
Sir_Edgar at Aug. 15, 2012 - 11:57AM JST
I think everybody has a long way to go before catching up to China in table tennis. But Japan did well!
It"S ME at Aug. 15, 2012 - 12:00PM JST
That is why Ai-chan trains there, she has become fluent in chinese too.
Watched an Interview where she was asked questions in Chinese and it looks like the translator fluffed a few words.
combinibento at Aug. 15, 2012 - 01:21PM JST
I wonder why ping pong came to be such a big hit in Asia. Is it because the name "ping pong" itself sounds Chinese?
ojiiu812badboy at Aug. 15, 2012 - 01:26PM JST
Japan creates a state run "ping pong academy" where the kids eat and sleep on tables with big brother forever vigilant. Or better yet, Fukurara trains the next generation of pre-school kids She seems very bright and she has been in table tennis since she could stand as tall as a table. Training in China is a good thing, she'll be a great international "sports spy" which to date China masters. Though, Japan does pretty darn well. Ai is her own enemy at times.
techall at Aug. 16, 2012 - 02:17AM JST
But nobody can cry like Ai-chan!
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