Like I told you, Denso dropping of their "stars" is going to affect this team. Nabeya, Inoue and Plummer. This team is not making the playoffs as they have cut salary. Seriously, NT roster players get cut in a domestic league. If they get relegated (doubt it), I know which GM is getting fired.
It's certainly going to affect them but I still think they will be okay, in an odd way. A real test for Matsui. She's got at least one good MB and Kudo.
I get the feeling you've seen this story before, though, so I will likely be eating crow later