Biathlon is one of the sports that are not known most in Japan. The winter season sports are not prosperous in Japan which is warm except Hokkaido.
The Swedes Helena Ekholm was third in the WC Östersund Dec 2010.
The Japanese players are considerably inferior in running power and technology of the shooting in comparison with the North European players. It is allowed to treat a gun in more than 18 years old in Japan. And the players are limited to the Self-Defense Force position. The shooting of Japanese players is not good. Therefore, a penalty is imposed on them.
The way of enjoying winter season sports in Sweden seems to be considerably different from Japan.