What Japanese tournaments are one character single elimination?
Most of the time in Japan you see 3v3 teams, 1v1 with three slots, and sometimes 2v2.
A big misconception is that because Japan doesn’t allow for counter picking that they cannot setup situations where huge character mismatches intentionally occur in tournaments. Yes, you cannot lose a match, then directly counter pick your opponent in Japanese style tournaments. But there are other subtle ways to try to align favorable characters matches. You can choose team order strategically, or stack your team with certain characters, so that easier matches line up for your team. A good example of this is the SBO AE finals in 2007. Ohnuki and Muteki are on a team, Ohnuki is N.Chun, Muteki is CE.Guile. The other team is Taira using CE.Vega and Shiro using N.Ryu. Ohnuki wanted to make the matches so that Muteki’s CE.Guile would take on Shiro’s N.Ryu (a match that favors CE.Guile), and so that his N.Chun would take on Taira’s CE.Vega (one of the few matches were CE.Vega has trouble winning).
Ohnuki (N.Chun) guessed that Taira (CE.Vega) would choose to go second for his team. So Ohnuki chose blindly to go second as well to try to align his team to have a favorable match against CE.Vega. Ohnuki guessed correctly, and after Muteki plowed through Shiro, all that was left was for his [media=youtube]2DcjICgVs_s&#t=29s"[/media] to take the SBO finals.
In 1v1 tournaments in Japan where you get three character slots there are many top players who will elect to use multiple characters instead of choosing their main for all three slots. Otochun has been known to use Honda, Ryu, and Guile in tournaments. YuuVega plays an incredible DJ as well as Dictator. K plays Boxer, Fei, O.Sagat, and O.Hawk in tournaments. Aniken uses Ryu, Boxer, and Ken for his team quite often. However just as many, if not more Japanese players, tend to stick to their main exclusively in tournaments. Taira, Futachan, Nogyo, Kachu, Seki, Muneo, almost never pick anyone besides their mains in a tournament.