They have a lot of time to figure this out. But if they had benched Ishikawa in that final it would have been a bad move. Her performance however gives them more to work with.I had a chat with my Japanese coach (ex JNT member) about the competition
He said he was disappointed that Japan had no strong third player. Niwa is too unstable and Matsudaira ‘s level has been going down and not good enough.
He said that he would have preferred Niwa instead of Matsudaira against Korea as he has strong face to face records against the Koreans, so for this match he would even have put Harimoto in third position.
He said Harimoto played very well given the pressure and is very optimistic about him
Regarding the girls he said that Ishikawa is the top player against any team but not against China. He would have let Hayata play against China in number 2 and Hirano number 3. But he said it was difficult because of the sponsors....