Japan envoy lauds Jaja Santiago

Published April 1, 2021, 6:27 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Jaja Santiago (Saitama Ageo Medics’ Twitter account)

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko lauded Filipina volleyball star Jaja Santiago for making history in the recently-concluded Japan V.League V Cup.

Santiago became the first Filipina volleyball athlete to bag a title in an overseas league, helping the Saitama Ageo Medics, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17, en route to a tournament title sweep in the Division 1 V Cup at the Ota City General gym in Tokyo last March 28.

“May she continue to soar high in [Japan] and bring pride to [the Philippines]!” Kazuhiko wrote in his official Twitter account @AmbJPNinPH.

The 6-foot-4 Santiago scored 11 points on nine kills and two blocks, while teammates Mami Uchiseto and Yuka Sato led with 15 points apiece.

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This wasn’t the first time that the Japanese envoy showed support to the country’s athletes as he also admitted being a fan of basketball star Thirdy Ravena, who plays for the San-En Neophoenix in Japan B.League.

Kazuhiko, in a recent tweet, also wished the best of luck for Ravena’s comeback: “We are excited to witness your amazing play once again. Gambatte!”

But the Ryukyu Golden Kings spoiled the former Ateneo standout’s return with a 110-71 road beating.