Yea, I'm really looking forward to seeing Akiko play as well, she's really been making headway recently, esp. as this time last year I'd never even heard of her!
I also really hope that Rika and Saori climb up the rankings too. I saw Rika play at DFS and definitely think she is better than where she's ranked now (about 175 or something)
Good luck to all the Japanese girls!