"First of all, I’d like to say that the team and I are proud to have won this international tournament. From the start of the competition I could see how strong this Spain team were and I fully expected to meet them again in the final, which is exactly what happened. I could see some fear in the eyes of my players before the game but, thanks to all the effort they put in and all the hours in training, they put in a performance I’m very pleased with. The players are still very young and this is their first major tournament. Despite the win, I’d like them to remember there is still a lot for all of them to learn and that this is merely a first step towards reaching their full potential," Asako Takemoto Takakura, Japan coach.