Japan men's national volleyball team

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Nickname(s)RYUJIN NIPPON
Association Japan Volleyball Association
Confederation AVC
Head coach Flag of Japan.svg Yuichi Nakagaichi
FIVB ranking 11 (as of June 28, 2021)
Uniforms
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Home
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Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances9 (First in 1964 )
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World Championship
Appearances16 (First in 1960 )
Best resultBronze medal world centered-2.svg (1970, 1974)
www.jva.or.jp/en/senior_men/ (in English)

The Japan men's national volleyball team represents Japan in international volleyball competitions and friendly matches. Their nickname is "RYUJIN NIPPON (龍神 NIPPON) ", "RYUJIN" means "God of Dragon" and "NIPPON" means "Japan". [1] Japan won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, followed by silver at Mexico 1968 and a gold at Munich 1972. The years after this have been less successful. Japan missed three successive Olympic Games before returning at Beijing 2008, where they failed to win a match. Japan then failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games and also missed Rio 2016 after finishing seventh at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo. They also failed to qualify for the 2014 FIVB World Championship the first edition they had missed in 54 years. They had previously won FIVB World Championship bronze medals in 1970 and 1974. Japan silver medalists at the 1969 and 1977 World Cup. Japan has been less successful in the World League era. The team has won the Asian Championships nine times and the Asian Games eight times.

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Results

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Japan national team fans in World Championship 2010

Olympic Games

 Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionGPMWMLSWSLSquad
Flag of Japan.svg 1964 Round robin3rd place9722212 Squad
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968 Round robinRunners-up972246 Squad
Flag of Germany.svg 1972 FinalChampions770213 Squad
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Semifinals4th place52389 Squad
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Did not participate
due to US-led boycott
Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Preliminary round7th place642126 Squad
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988 Preliminary round10th place7251017 Squad
Flag of Spain.svg 1992 Preliminary round6th place8351320 Squad
Flag of the United States.svg 1996 Did not qualify
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000
Flag of Greece.svg 2004
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 Preliminary round11th place505415 Squad
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012 Did not qualify
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016
Flag of Japan.svg 2020 Quarterfinals7th place6331012 Squad
Flag of France.svg 2024 Future event
Flag of the United States.svg 2028
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2032
Total1 Title9/15623527124100

World Championship

 Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World Championship record
YearRoundPositionGPMWMLSWSLSquad
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 1949 Did not participate
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg 1952
Flag of France.svg 1956
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg 1960 Final Group8th place927818 Squad
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1962 Final Group5th place9542120 Squad
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 1966 Group Round5th place7431717 Squad
Flag of Bulgaria (1967-1971).svg 1970 Semifinals3rd place1192308 Squad
Flag of Mexico.svg 1974 Semifinals3rd place11922813 Squad
Flag of Italy.svg 1978 Second round11th places9541915 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1982 Semifinals4th place9722210 Squad
Flag of France.svg 1986 Second round10th place927923 Squad
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg 1990 First round11th place41339 Squad
Flag of Greece.svg 1994 Last 169th place413411 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1998 Preliminary round15th place10281524 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 2002 Second round9th place6241115 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 2006 5th–8th semifinals8th place13762627 Squad
Flag of Italy.svg 2010 Second round13th place514514 Squad
Flag of Poland.svg 2014 Did not qualify
Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Bulgaria.svg 2018 First round17th place835811 Squad
Flag of Russia.svg 2022 Qualified
Total0 Title16/201246064226235

World Cup

 Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPMWMLSWSLSquad
Flag of Poland.svg 1965 Semifinals4th place7341317 Squad
Flag of East Germany.svg 1969 FinalRunners-up8622012 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1977 FinalRunners-up8531914 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1981 Second round6th place7251215 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1985 Seventh round6th place725915 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1989 Seventh round6th place7251016 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1991 Matches for places 1-64th place514713 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1995 Fourth round5th place11742113 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 1999 Fourth round10th place11381627 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 2003 Fourth round9th place11381427 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 2007 Fourth round9th place11381426 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 2011 Fourth round10th place11291228 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 2015 Third round10th place11562121 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 2019 Third round4th place11832616 Squad
Flag of Japan.svg 2023 Future event
Total0 Title14/141265274214260

World Grand Champions Cup

World League

Nations League

Asian Championship

Asian Games

Asian Cup

Goodwill Games

Team

Current squad

The following is the team roster for the 2021 Asian Men's Volleyball Championship. [2]
Head coach: Flag of Japan.svg Yuichi Nakagaichi

No.NamePositionDate of birthHeightWeightSpikeBlock2021–22 club
2 Taishi Onodera MB27 February 19962.01 m (6 ft 7 in)98 kg (216 lb)346 cm (136 in)323 cm (127 in) Flag of Japan.svg JT Thunders
3 Naonobu Fujii S5 January 19921.83 m (6 ft 0 in)78 kg (172 lb)312 cm (123 in)297 cm (117 in) Flag of Japan.svg Toray Arrows
4 Issei Otake OS3 December 19952.01 m (6 ft 7 in)98 kg (216 lb)345 cm (136 in)327 cm (129 in) Flag of Japan.svg Panasonic Panthers
5 Tatsunori Otsuka WS/OH5 November 20001.94 m (6 ft 4 in)80 kg (180 lb)338 cm (133 in)325 cm (128 in) Flag of Japan.svg Waseda University
6 Akihiro Yamauchi MB30 November 19932.04 m (6 ft 8 in)80 kg (180 lb)350 cm (140 in)335 cm (132 in) Flag of Japan.svg Panasonic Panthers
7 Kenta Takanashi WS/OH25 March 19971.89 m (6 ft 2 in)78 kg (172 lb)337 cm (133 in)320 cm (130 in) Flag of Japan.svg Wolf Dogs Nagoya
9 Taichi Fukuyama MB20 December 19931.91 m (6 ft 3 in)78 kg (172 lb)335 cm (132 in)325 cm (128 in) Flag of Japan.svg JTEKT Stings
12 Ran Takahashi WS/OH2 September 20011.88 m (6 ft 2 in)72 kg (159 lb)343 cm (135 in)315 cm (124 in) Flag of Japan.svg Nippon Sport Science University
13 Masaki Oya S23 April 19951.78 m (5 ft 10 in)70 kg (150 lb)320 cm (130 in)310 cm (120 in) Flag of Japan.svg Suntory Sunbirds
14 Yūki Ishikawa (c)WS/OH11 December 19951.91 m (6 ft 3 in)84 kg (185 lb)351 cm (138 in)327 cm (129 in) Flag of Italy.svg Power Volley Milano
15 Haku Lee MB27 December 19901.93 m (6 ft 4 in)82 kg (181 lb)344 cm (135 in)330 cm (130 in) Flag of Japan.svg Toray Arrows
17 Tomohiro Ogawa L4 July 19961.76 m (5 ft 9 in)66 kg (146 lb)305 cm (120 in)270 cm (110 in) Flag of Japan.svg Wolf Dogs Nagoya
19 Kento Miyaura OS22 February 19991.89 m (6 ft 2 in)73 kg (161 lb)339 cm (133 in)320 cm (130 in) Flag of Japan.svg JTEKT Stings
20 Tomohiro Yamamoto L5 November 19941.71 m (5 ft 7 in)69 kg (152 lb)301 cm (119 in)299 cm (118 in) Flag of Japan.svg Sakai Blazers

Former squads

Coach history

List from 1965 until now:

Kit providers

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Japan national volleyball team.

PeriodKit provider
2000– Asics

Sponsorship

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Shiseido other sponsors: Japanet, Molten, All Nippon Airways, Suntory, JTEKT, Nisshin Steel, Nippon Life, Marudai, Mizuno, Meiji Seika, Descente, Mikasa and Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Stadium

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and Yoyogi National Gymnasium Japan national team training and hosting venues.

Media

Japan's matches and friendlies are currently televised by Nippon TV, GAORA and NHK.

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