Japan were relegated to the B-Pool after finishing eighth in the A-Pool World Championships last season, and their team will be supplemented by players from other participating countries to help support their development.
They recently held a tournament in their home country, competing against South Korea, Italy and Czech Republic. Despite coming in last place, their play got better throughout the games, as they started to concede less goals and score more.
Despite the limited scoring opportunities that Japan have had in the past, Masaharu Kumagai is the players most likely to find the back of the net, and should be watched closely by the opposing teams.
All team previews for the 2016 Ice Sledge Hockey Pan Pacific Championships can be found here.
Buffalo 2016 will be shown live at paralympic.org/buffalo-2016 and tickets are still available.