David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt, 23 February 1958) is an English singer-songwriter and musician who came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. His subsequent solo work is described by AllMusic critic Jason Ankeny as "a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts." Sylvian's solo work has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, including jazz, avant-garde, ambient, electronic, and progressive rock.
Saori Kimura (木村 沙織, Kimura Saori, born August 19, 1986) is a Japanese volleyball player who plays for recent European champion Turkish team VakıfBank. She also plays for the All-Japan women's volleyball team and a captain of the team. She was a participant at the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal at the last. Her nicknames are Japan's future, Infinite Saorin (ニッポンの未来 サオリン無限大 Nippon no mirai Saorin Mugendai) and Miracle Saorin. She is so versatile that she can play any position.
Motoko Obayashi (大林 素子, Ōbayashi Motoko, born June 15, 1967 in Kodaira, Tokyo) is a volleyball player from Japan, who competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1988. She was considered the most valuable player at the Barcelona Games. She released a single under the solo project named Deka Moni in 2001.
Megumi Kurihara (栗原恵 Kurihara Megumi, born July 31, 1984) is a Japanese volleyball player who plays for Okayama Seagulls. She also plays for the All-Japan women's volleyball team and participated at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. Her nickname is "Princess Meg" (プリンセス・メグ).
Japan were an English new wave music group formed in 1974 in Catford, South London by David Sylvian (guitar and vocals), Steve Jansen (drums), Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Mick Karn (bass guitar). The band achieved success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, releasing nine UK Top 40 hits in the early 1980s, most notably "Ghosts" and their cover version of "I Second That Emotion", both top ten hits in 1982.
Mika Yamauchi (山内 美加 Yamauchi Mika, born October 7, 1969) is a former volleyball player from Japan, who was a member of the Japan Women's National Team. Her nickname is Mika (ミカ).
Andonis Michaelides (24 July 1958 – 4 January 2011), better known as Mick Karn, was a British multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter, who rose to fame as the bassist for the art rock/new wave band Japan, from 1974 to 1982.
Kana Oyama (大山 加奈 Ōyama Kana , born June 19, 1984) is a Japanese volleyball player who plays for Toray Arrows. She competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, wearing the #13 jersey. There she and the Japan women's national team took fifth place. Oyama played as a wing-spiker. Toray announced her retirement on 29 June 2010.
Erika Araki (荒木絵里香 Araki Erika, born 3 August 1984) is a Japanese volleyball player. She served as captain for the national team from 2009 to 2012.
Miyuki Takahashi (高橋 みゆき Takahashi Miyuki, born 25 December 1978) is a Japanese volleyball player who plays for the NEC Red Rockets. Miyuki Takahashi also plays for the All-Japan women's volleyball team and participated at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. Her nickname is SHIN (心 Shin). She was the captain of the Japanese volleyball team during the Volleyball World Championship.
Ikumi Narita (成田 郁久美, Narita Ikumi, born January 1, 1976) is a former Japanese volleyball player. Her maiden name was Ikumi Ogake (大懸 郁久美, Ōgake Ikumi).
Makiko Horai (宝来眞紀子 Hōrai Makiko, born January 6, 1979) is a former Japanese volleyball player.
Steve Jansen (born Stephen Batt, 1 December 1959, in Beckenham, Kent, England) is an English drummer, percussionist, musician and composer. He was educated at Catford Boys' School, Catford, South East London, leaving at 16. He is self-taught.
Reiko Takizawa (Japanese: 滝澤 玲子; born June 19, 1962) is a Japanese former volleyball player who competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Yoshie Takeshita (竹下 佳江 Takeshita Yoshie, born March 18, 1978) is a Japanese volleyball player who played for JT Marvelous.
Miyuki Kano (狩野美雪 Kano Miyuki, born May 17, 1977) is a Japanese volleyball player who plays for Fortuna Odense Volley. She served as the Captain of Hisamitsu Springs between 2007 and 2010.
Kumi Nakada (中田 久美 Nakada Kumi, born 3 September 1965) is a former professional volleyball player and coach of Hisamitsu Springs. She led Japan to a bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics while still in high school and, despite serious and chronic knee injuries, remained one of the world's top setters until her retirement from the sport in 1993. Unusually for a Japanese athlete, Nakada was (and still is) remembered by opponents and teammates alike for her volatile temper, fiery competitiveness, and outspoken manner both on and off the court. After brief stints as a fashion model and motivational speaker, Nakada currently provides color commentary and makes guest appearances in a wide range of sports and variety media in Japan. She is represented by the sportsbiz in Tokyo.
Asako Tajimi (多治見麻子 Tajimi Asako, born June 26, 1972) is a former Japanese volleyball player.
Ai Ōtomo (大友 愛, Ōtomo Ai , born March 24, 1982) is a Japanese volleyball player. Her name before her divorce was Ai Yamamoto (山本 愛).
Kanako Omura (大村加奈子, Ōmura Kanako, born December 15, 1976, in Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto) is a volleyball player from Japan.
Kayo Hoshino (星野 賀代, Hoshino Kayo) (born September 12, 1972) is a Japanese former volleyball player who competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Ichiko Sato (Japanese: 佐藤 伊知子; born March 11, 1965) is a Japanese former volleyball player who competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics and 1992 Summer Olympics. In 1988, she finished fourth with the Japanese team in the Olympic tournament. Four years later, she finished fifth with the Japanese team in the 1992 Olympic tournament.
Chie Tsuji (辻 知恵, born August 9, 1969) is a volleyball player from Japan. Her maiden name was Chie Natori (名取 知恵, Natori Chie).
Miki Sasaki (佐々木 みき,Sasaki Miki, born December 15, 1976) is a former volleyball player from Japan, who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, wearing the #4 jersey. There she and the Japan women's national team took fifth place. Sasaki played as a wing-spiker.
Yuko Sano (佐野 優子, Sano Yuko, born July 26, 1979 in Takatsuki, Osaka) is a volleyball player from Japan who currently plays for Galatasaray Daikin in Turkey. She was part of the Japanese team that won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.