Japan’s Women’s National Team Coach and Girls’ Junior National Team Head Coach, Takashi Watanabe was one of the two head coaches at the 2018 ITTF World Hopes Week & Challenge. During the camp, held in Alicante, Spain from 30 July to 5 August, Takashi Watanabe held an informative lecture about the Japanese Pathway System. He explained in detail the crucial changes that Japan has made over the last 18 years, which have helped them become one of the top ranked table tennis countries in the world today.
In Part 2: – The Education Program at the National Team Camp, fair play, anti-doping, mental training, physical training, meditation, nutrition, dental, medical, goal setting (0:00–5:04) – Why it is important to teach the players how to communicate with the different types of media, and how to use social networks (5:04–6:44) – The importance of teamwork (6:44–8:11) – Important factors, development for young players, highway path and special player path (8:11–10:55) – Video from 2016 All Japan Championships (U-8) Final, Iwaida vs Watanabe (8:11–12:21) – Video from 2017 All Japan Championships (U-10) Final, Matsushima vs Yoshiyama (12:21–12:55) – Important factors, Parents and Coaches & Challenge Independence (12:55–15:02) – Video emphasizing the importance of teamwork (15:02–17:21) – Contact with table tennis fans (17:21–17:52) – Summary (17:52–19:13)
In Part 1: – He introduces the Japan Women’s Team success through a compilation of videos from the 2018 World Table Tennis Championships in Sweden, where Japan’s Women’s Team won the Silver medal (0:00–3:46) – He highlights Japan’s show of strength at the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships in Germany, where Japan’s players won 5 medals and were the 2nd ranked country overall (3:46–4:51) – He speaks about the popularity of table tennis in Japan & shows how the Japanese men’s player rankings have changed from 2003 to 2018 (4:51–6:56) – Explains the development of table tennis in Japan from 2001 to 2016 (6:56–11:04) – Talks about the Japanese National Team Activity, competitions, various training camps for different stages and ages (11:04–14:49)