I was looking around, and then I saw Saori Takarada's name. Just last year, she scored her share of goals (5) and came just short of winning the Golden Boot in the U20 tournament. Furthermore, she is the same height as Sugasawa at 168 cm tall. So far, Takarada only played 1 (or 3 depending of your source) senior cap. Based on what I could translate from Japanese about her club stats, she is quite a goalscoring machine herself with 22 goals in 18 Nadeshiko League 2 appearances last season (30 goals in 29 club appearances total). It may be a little harder in Nadeshiko League 1 this year because of adaptation, but I would seriously start putting money on Takarada as a viable option for internal competition with Sugasawa. Also, Takakura needs to find a way to bring back Yuki Nagasato (also 168 cm tall) into the mix. Unlike other veterans left from the 2011 team, she can still provide something useful on the pitch if she can cut it in the US. Right now, there is a need for high-level internal competition up front, and it usually works when you bring both a seasoned veteran and a superkid to compete with the current starters in specific positions. Mind you: it worked wonders for France when Aimé Jacquet brought both a criticized veteran in Christophe Dugarry and a very promising 20-year-old in Thierry Henry ahead of the 1998 World Cup. And like you pointed out in a different post, Yokoyama is not material for a starting XI. I think she's mostly at risk of getting the boot if Nagasato and/or Takarada get their way in. I would love to see international competition taking place very soon, but I also hope the Tokyo team will finally be settled around the new year or shortly beyond.