Japan men's national basketball team

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Japan Flag of Japan.svg
JBA team crest.png
FIBA ranking 42 Decrease2.svg 1 (2 March 2021) [1]
Joined FIBA 1936
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation Japan Basketball Association
Coach Julio Lamas
Olympic Games
Appearances7
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 6
Asian Championships
Appearances28
Medals Gold medal asia.svg Gold: (1965, 1971)
Silver medal asia.svg Silver: (1969, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1997)
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze: (1960, 1967, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1995)
Asian Games
Appearances16
Medals Silver medal asia.svg Silver: (1951, 1962)
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze: (1954, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2014)
Medal record
Event1st2nd3rd
FIBA Asia Cup 257
Asian Games 026
East Asian Games 002
Total2715
Former logo of the Japan Basketball Association JABBA JapanJABBA.gif
Former logo of the Japan Basketball Association JABBA
Japan against China at the 1923 Far Eastern Games. FECG1923BB.jpg
Japan against China at the 1923 Far Eastern Games.
Takuya Kawamura drew the interest of scouts worldwide Kawamura takuya.jpg
Takuya Kawamura drew the interest of scouts worldwide
Kosuke Takeuchi had been the face of the national team for many years Takeuchi kousuke.jpg
Kosuke Takeuchi had been the face of the national team for many years

The Japan national basketball team is administered by the Japan Basketball Association (JBA). (Japanese: 日本バスケットボール協会) [2] A 1936 founding member of FIBA Asia, Japan has one of Asia's longest basketball traditions.

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Japan has one of the most successful basketball teams in Asia. It has won the Asian Basketball Championships twice and is the second leading nation in qualifications to the event. The team qualified for the Olympic Games and for the FIBA World Cup six times each.

Japan has traditionally brought forth several of Asia's elite basketball players who competed in the NBA and in Europe. These players include Yuta Tabuse, J.R. Sakuragi, Takuya Kawamura, Takumi Ishizaki and others. However, for about two decades, they rarely played for the national team, which caused Team Japan to fall behind Asia's elite competition from Iran, South Korea, the Philippines and China.

In 2014, Yuta Tabuse and several of Japan's top players returned to the national team and helped to reach its best finish in almost 20 years.

History

Japan's national team had its first international tournament at the 3rd Far Eastern Games held in Tokyo in 1917. Japan representative at this time was the team of the Kyoto YMCA. Later, the team was a founding member of the Olympics Basketball competition in Berlin 1936. Henceforth, they participated almost every time until 1976. Team Japan was a regular at world tournaments. It had its debut at the FIBA World Championship in 1963. It was the top team in Asia, as it won the championship there in 1965 and 1971. Since the rise of China, Japan declined a little bit and appearances at global events became scarcer.

As runner-up at the Fukuoka Universiade in 1995, Team Nippon (as the Japanese are also called) had a streak of success and qualified for the 1998 FIBA World Championship, its first qualification in over 30 years. Coached by the Croat Željko Pavličević, the team played well but did not make it out of the primary round, where it lost its fourth-place battle against former Semi-finalist New Zealand.

In recent years, Japan played against more intense competition from the Middle East. Combined with many player absences from the team, Team Nippon struggled to win medals at the Asian Championships since its silver medal in 1997. At the 2008 event in their home country (Tokushima), the team finished at the 8th position and missed qualification for both the Beijing Olympic Tournament and qualification to the 2010 FIBA World Championship. At the 2009 FIBA Asia tournament the team sank to No. 10 position, its worst performance. This was partly due to the change of the head coach just before the tournament.

To better the results, the American coach Thomas Wisman took over the management of the team in 2010 and made some considerable improvements. Wisman just came off a phenomenal year in the Japanese Basketball League (JBL) where he had led Tochigi Brex to its first and only national title. At the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in 2010, Team Nippon was defeated by host Lebanon but exceeded expectations as it finished as runner-up. At the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, the listed goal of the Final Four was missed as the team reached the 7th position out of 15. The team managed to defeat finalists Jordan but then lost to South Korea in the first playoff round and was defeated.

In March 2012, the Japan Association dismissed Wissmann and the country's coaching legend Kimikazu Suzuki took over the reins of the team. Suzuki, concurrently coaching the Aisin SeaHorses Mikawa had initial success as Team Nippon finished Runner-up at the next FIBA Asian Cup which was held in Tokyo in September 2012. Aimed at the acquisition of a 2014 FIBA World Cup berth, the team finished the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship at the 9th position where it lost its last three games. Japan will co-host the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup along with Philippines and Indonesia.

Competitive record

Olympic Games

YearPositionTournamentHost
19369 Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Berlin, Germany
195610 Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics Melbourne, Australia
196015 Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Rome, Italy
196410 Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan
197214 Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics Munich, Germany
197611 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada
2020Qualified as host [3] Basketball at the 2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan

FIBA Basketball World Cup

FIBA World Cup Record
YearPositionPldWL
19501959 Did not qualify
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg 1963 Preliminary round312
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1967 Classification round826
19701994 Did not qualify
Flag of Greece.svg 1998 Classification round514
Flag of the United States.svg 2002 Did not qualify
Flag of Japan.svg 2006 Preliminary round514
Flag of Turkey.svg 2010 Did not qualify
Flag of Spain.svg 2014
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2019 Preliminary round505
Flag of the Philippines.svg / Flag of Japan.svg / Flag of Indonesia.svg 2023 Qualified as co-hosts
Total

Asian Championship

YearRankPWL
Flag of the Philippines.svg 1960 3rd place954
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1963 Did not enter
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1965 Champions981
Flag of South Korea.svg 1967 3rd place972
Flag of Thailand.svg 1969 Runners-Up871
Flag of Japan.svg 1971 Champions880
Flag of the Philippines.svg 1973 4th place1064
Flag of Thailand.svg 1975 Runners-Up871
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1977 3rd place972
Flag of Japan.svg 1979 Runners-up871
Flag of India.svg 1981 3rd place752
Flag of Hong Kong.svg 1983 Runners-Up752
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1985 5th place651
Flag of Thailand.svg 1987 3rd place862
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1989 4th place743
Flag of Japan.svg 1991 3rd place853
Flag of Indonesia.svg 1993 7th place633
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1995 3rd place972
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Runners-Up743
Flag of Japan.svg 1999 5th place752
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2001 6th place624
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2003 6th place734
Flag of Qatar.svg 2005 5th place853
Flag of Japan.svg 2007 8th place844
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2009 10th place835
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2011 7th place954
Flag of the Philippines.svg 2013 9th place734
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2015 4th place954
Flag of Lebanon.svg 2017 9th place422
Flag of Indonesia.svg 2021 Qualified
Total29/30

Team

2020 Olympic roster

The roster was announced on 5 July 2021. [4]

Japan national basketball team roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
PG 2 Yuki Togashi 27 – (1993-07-30)30 July 19931.67 m (5 ft 6 in) Chiba Jets Funabashi Flag of Japan.svg
SG 6 Makoto Hiejima 31 – (1990-04-11)11 April 19901.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Utsunomiya Brex Flag of Japan.svg
PF 8 Rui Hachimura 23 – (1998-02-08)8 February 19982.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Washington Wizards Flag of the United States.svg
PG 9 Leo Vendrame 27 – (1993-11-14)14 November 19931.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Sun Rockers Shibuya Flag of Japan.svg
SF 12 Yuta Watanabe 24 – (1996-10-13)13 October 19962.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Toronto Raptors Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
SG 14 Kosuke Kanamaru 32 – (1989-03-08)8 March 19891.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Shimane Susanoo Magic Flag of Japan.svg
SF 18 Yudai Baba 25 – (1995-11-07)7 November 19951.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Melbourne United Flag of Australia (converted).svg
PF 23 Gavin Edwards 33 – (1988-01-15)15 January 19882.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Chiba Jets Funabashi Flag of Japan.svg
SG 24 Daiki Tanaka 29 – (1991-09-03)3 September 19911.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Alvark Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg
C 32 Avi Schafer 23 – (1998-01-28)28 January 19982.06 m (6 ft 9 in) SeaHorses Mikawa Flag of Japan.svg
PF 34 Hugh Watanabe 22 – (1998-12-23)23 December 19982.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Ryukyu Golden Kings Flag of Japan.svg
SF 88 Tenketsu Harimoto 29 – (1992-01-08)8 January 19921.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Nagoya Diamond Dolphins Flag of Japan.svg
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Flag of Argentina.svg Herman Mandole
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 25 July 2021

Depth chart

Pos.Starting 5Bench 1Bench 2
C Nick Fazekas Kosuke Takeuchi Avi Schafer
PF Rui Hachimura Joji Takeuchi
SF Yuta Watanabe Yudai Baba
SG Daiki Tanaka Seiya Ando Shuto Ando
PG Ryusei Shinoyama Makoto Hiejima

Head coaches

Past rosters

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1936 Olympic Games: finished 13th among 21 teams

Riichi Cho, T.Nakae, S.Ri, K.Yokoyama, T.Kanakogi, M.Maeda, U.Munakata, S.Matsui

1956 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 15 teams

Setsuo Nara, Jose Rodriguez, Kenichi Imaizumi, Hiroshi Saito, Reizo Ohira, Hitoshi Konno, Takashi Itoyama, Manabu Fujita, Takeo Sugiyama, Tetsuro Noborisaka, Riichi Arai (Coach: M.Maeda)

1960 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 16 teams

Setsuo Nara, Shutaro Shoji, Hiroshi Saito, Takashi Itoyama, Takeo Sugiyama, Kenichi Imaizumi, Yasukuni Oshima, Shoji Kamata, Masashi Shiga, Takashi Masuda, Kaoru Wakabayashi, Hideo Kanekawa (Coach: M.Maeda)

1963 World Championship: finished 13th among 13 teams

Setsuo Nara, Takashi Masuda, Masashi Shiga, Yasukuni Oshima, Kaoru Wakabayashi, Keizo Okayama, Isamu Yamaguchi, Yoshikuni Awano, Fumihiko Moroyama, Katsuji Tsunoda, Kunihiko Nakamura, Yoshitaka Egawa (Coach: Shiro Yoshii)

1964 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 16 teams

Takashi Masuda, Setsuo Nara, Masashi Shiga, Kaoru Wakabayashi, Fumihiko Moroyama, Katsuji Tsunoda, Kunihiko Nakamura, Yoshitaka Egawa, Nobuo Kaiho, Akira Kodama, Katsuo Bai, Seiji Fujie (Coach: Marco Antonio de Venetis)

1967 World Championship: finished 11th among 13 teams

Kaoru Wakabayashi, Fumihiko Moroyama, Kunihiko Nakamura, Yoshitaka Egawa, Akira Kodama, Masatomo Taniguchi, Nobuo Hattori, Kenji Soda, Masahiko Yoshida, Isao Kimura, Seiji Igarashi (Coach: Shutaro Shoji)

1972 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 16 teams

Kenji Soda, Masatomo Taniguchi, Nobuo Hattori, Kunihiko Yokoyama, Atsushi Somamoto, Hirofumi Numata, Shigeaki Abe, Mineo Yoshikawa, Kazufumi Sakai, Nobuo Chigusa, Satoshi Mori, Katsuhiko Sugita (Coach: S.Kasahara)

1976 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams

Hirofumi Numata, Shigeaki Abe, Satoshi Mori, Norihiko Kitahara, Hideki Hamaguchi, Kiyohide Kuwata, Koji Yamamoto, Yutaka Fujimoto, Shigeto Shimizu, Fumio Saito, Nobuo Chigusa, Shoji Yuki (Coach: Masahiko Yoshida)

1998 World Championship: finished 14th among 16 teams

Kenichi Sako, Maikeru Takahashi, Akifumi Yamasaki, Hiroshi Nagano, Makoto Hasegawa, Takehiko Orimo, Satoshi Sakumoto, Hiroyuki Tominaga, Takahiro Setsumasa, Makoto Minamiyama, Takeshi Yuki, Satoru Furuta (Coach: Mototaka Kohama)

2006 World Championship: finished 20th among 24 teams

Takehiko Orimo, Satoru Furuta, Takahiro Setsumasa, Shunsuke Ito, Joji Takeuchi, Kei Igarashi, Shinsuke Kashiwagi, Daiji Yamada, Ryota Sakurai, Kosuke Takeuchi, Takuya Kawamura, Tomoo Amino (Coach: Zeljko Pavlicevic)

Roster for the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments: [9]

Japan men's national basketball team roster
PlayersCoaches
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Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClub
PG 0 Yuta Tabuse 35 – (1980-10-05)5 October 19801.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Link Tochigi Brex Flag of Japan.svg
PG 3 Naoto Tsuji 26 – (1989-09-08)8 September 19891.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Toshiba BT Flag of Japan.svg
SG 6 Makoto Hiejima 24 – (1990-08-11)11 August 19901.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Aisin SeaHorses Mikawa Flag of Japan.svg
C 8 Atsuya Ota 32 – (1984-04-06)6 April 19842.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Higashimikawa Phoenix Flag of Japan.svg
C 10 Kosouke Takeuchi 31 – (1985-01-29)29 January 19852.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Hiroshima Dragonflies Flag of Japan.svg
PG 11 Ryoma Hashimoto 28 – (1988-05-11)11 May 19881.78 m (5 ft 10 in)Aisin SeaHorses Mikawa Flag of Japan.svg
F 12 Yuta Watanabe 21 – (1994-10-13)13 October 19942.01 m (6 ft 7 in) George Washington Colonials Flag of the United States.svg
C 15 Joji Takeuchi 31 – (1985-01-29)29 January 19852.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Hitachi SR Flag of Japan.svg
G 16 Keijuro Matsui 30 – (1985-10-16)16 October 19851.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Toyota Alvark Flag of Japan.svg
SG 25 Takatoshi Furukawa 28 – (1987-10-20)20 October 19871.90 m (6 ft 3 in)Link Tochigi Brex Flag of Japan.svg
SF 34 Ryumo Ono 28 – (1988-01-06)6 January 19881.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Chiba Jets Flag of Japan.svg
G 42 Kenta Hirose 26 – (1989-08-29)29 August 19891.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Hitachi SR Flag of Japan.svg
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 4 July 2016

At the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge. [10]

Japan men's national basketball team – 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge roster
PlayersCoaches
}
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
PG 3 Naoto Tsuji 27 – (1989-09-08)8 September 19891.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders Flag of Japan.svg
PF 5 Yuki Mitsuhara 26 – (1989-12-12)12 December 19891.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Sunrockers Shibuya Flag of Japan.svg
PG 6 Makoto Hiejima 26 – (1990-08-11)11 August 19901.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Seahorses Mikawa Flag of Japan.svg
PG 7 Ryusei Shinoyama 28 – (1988-07-20)20 July 19881.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders Flag of Japan.svg
C 8 Atsuya Ota 32 – (1984-06-04)4 June 19842.06 m (6 ft 9 in) San en Neophoneix Flag of Japan.svg
PG 11 Ryoma Hashimoto 28 – (1988-05-11)11 May 19881.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Seahorses Mikawa Flag of Japan.svg
SF 20 Takanobu Nishikawa 24 – (1992-01-14)14 January 19921.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Levanga Hokkiado Flag of Japan.svg
PG 22 Yuma Fujii 24 – (1991-12-23)23 December 19911.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders Flag of Japan.svg
SG 25 Takatoshi Furukawa 28 – (1987-10-20)20 October 19871.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Tochigi Brex Flag of Japan.svg
PF 35 Ira Brown 34 – (1982-08-03)3 August 19821.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Sunrockers Shibuya Flag of Japan.svg
PF 43 Yuya Nagayoshi 25 – (1991-07-14)14 July 19911.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders Flag of Japan.svg
SF 88 Tenketsu Harimoto 24 – (1992-01-08)8 January 19921.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Nagoya Diamond Dolphins Flag of Japan.svg
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 9 September 2016

Kit

Manufacturer

2015–2019: Under Armour [11]

2015: Xebio [11]
2016: Sportsnavi live
2017–2019: SoftBank [12]

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