Japan women's national volleyball team

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Nickname(s)Nippon (火の鳥NIPPON) [1]
Association Japan Volleyball Association [2]
Head coach Kumi Nakada
FIVB ranking 5 (as of 12 June 2021)
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Summer Olympics
Appearances13 (First in 1964 )
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World Championship
Appearances16 (First in 1960 )
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www.jva.or.jp/en/senior_women/ (in English)

The Japan women's national volleyball team (Hinotori Nippon, 火の鳥NIPPON), or All-Japan women's volleyball team, is currently ranked 10th [3] in the world by FIVB. The current head coach is Kumi Nakada.

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One of their greatest successes was at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, when they defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union on the way to the gold medal.

Masae Kasai standing in the center of podium as the captain of Oriental Witches [ja]
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Masae Kasai standing in the center of podium as the captain of Oriental Witches  [ ja ], 1964 Tokyo Olympics Women's Volleyball

Japan was qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics by winning the Women's Olympic Qualifier that was held from 8 May to 16 May in Tokyo, Japan. In Athens, Greece the team took fifth place in the overall-rankings.

Finally after almost three decades of medal drought in the Olympics, Japan took home the Bronze medal by defeating South Korea in the 2012 Summer Olympics. [5]

History

2012 London Olympics

Japan qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics as the best Asian team in the 2012 FIVB Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament. In the 2012 Olympics, Japan had been placed on Group A with Russian Federation, Italy, Dominican Republic, the host Great Britain and Algeria. Japan finished third in the Group. In the quarter-finals, Japan faced their old Asian rival China. Saori Kimura and Yukiko Ebata each scored 33 points in this thrilling game in which China were beaten by 3–2. [6] It was their first win over China in 11 years as far as FIVB games are concerned. On 9 August 2012, the Japanese were outplayed by the defending champions Brazil in the semi-finals. [7] On 11 August 2012, Japan beat South Korea 3–0 in the bronze medal match. It is the first Olympics' volleyball medal for the Japanese since the 1984 Summer Olympics. [8] On August 13, 2012, Japan Women's Team was ranked 3rd in the world behind United States women's national volleyball team and Brazil women's national volleyball team.

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Japan was the host nation for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The other teams in their group in Tokyo were Kenya, Serbia, Brazil, Korea and the Dominican Republic. [9] Japan's opening match was be on 25 July 2021 in Tokyo against Kenya. [10] They beat Kenya in their first match in straight sets [11] and lost against Serbia, Brazil, Korea and the Dominican Republic which caused them to miss the qualification for the quarterfinals. [12]

Winner of 6 major world titles

YearGamesHostRunner-up2nd Runner-up
1962 # 4th World Championship USSR Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR Flag of Poland.svg Poland
1964 # Tokyo Olympic Games Japan Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR Flag of Poland.svg Poland
1967 # 5th World Championship Japan Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea
1974 & 7th World Championship Mexico Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea
1976 & Montreal Olympic Games Canada Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea
1977 &2nd World CupJapan Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea

#, & – Twice 3 Straight Major titles in 1960s and 1970s

(World Women's Volleyball Championship, World Cup, Olympic Games)

Results

International

Olympic Games

  • Flag of Japan.svg 1964 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of Mexico.svg 1968 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of Germany.svg 1972 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of South Korea.svg 1988 – 4th place
  • Flag of Spain.svg 1992 – 5th place
  • Flag of the United States.svg 1996 – 9th place
  • Flag of Greece.svg 2004 – 5th place (tied)
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 – 5th place (tied)
  • Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Brazil.svg 2016 – 5th place (tied)
  • Flag of Japan.svg 2020 – 10th place

World Championship

  • Flag of Brazil.svg 1960 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1962 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of Japan.svg 1967 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of Bulgaria.svg 1970 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of Mexico.svg 1974 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1978 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of Peru.svg 1982 – 4th place
  • Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 1986 – 7th place
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1990 – 8th place
  • Flag of Brazil.svg 1994 – 7th place
  • Flag of Japan.svg 1998 – 8th place
  • Flag of Germany.svg 2002 – 13th place
  • Flag of Japan.svg 2006 – 6th place
  • Flag of Japan.svg 2010 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Italy.svg 2014 – 7th place
  • Flag of Japan.svg 2018 – 6th place

World Cup

World Grand Champions Cup

FIVB World Grand Prix

FIVB Nations League

Montreux Volley Masters

  • 1989 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 2001 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • 2005 – 4th place
  • 2009 – 7th place
  • 2010 – 7th place
  • 2011 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • 2013 – 5th place
  • 2014 – 6th place
  • 2015 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • 2019 Med 2.png Silver Medal

Continental

Asian Games

  • Flag of Indonesia.svg 1962 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of Thailand.svg 1966 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of Thailand.svg 1970 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of Iran.svg 1974 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of Thailand.svg 1978 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of India.svg 1982 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of South Korea.svg 1986 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1990 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Japan.svg 1994 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Thailand.svg 1998 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of South Korea.svg 2002 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Qatar.svg 2006 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2010 – 6th place
  • Flag of South Korea.svg 2014 – 4th place
  • Flag of Indonesia.svg 2018 – 4th place

Asian Championship

  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1975 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg 1979 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of Japan.svg 1983 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1987 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg 1989 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Thailand.svg 1991 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1993 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of Thailand.svg 1995 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of the Philippines.svg 1997 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Hong Kong.svg 1999 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Thailand.svg 2001 – 4th place
  • Flag of Vietnam.svg 2003 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2005 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Thailand.svg 2007 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of Vietnam.svg 2009 Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg 2011 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of Thailand.svg 2013 Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2015 – 6th place
  • Flag of the Philippines.svg 2017 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of South Korea.svg 2019 Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Flag of the Philippines.svg 2021Withdrew

Asian Cup Volleyball Championship

Team

Current squad

The following is the Japanese roster at the 2020 Summer Olympics [13]

Head coach: Flag of Japan.svg Kumi Nakada

No.NamePositionDate of birthHeightWeightSpikeBlock2020-21 club
1 Ai Kurogo WS/OH14 June 19981.80 m (5 ft 11 in)69 kg (152 lb)306 cm (120 in)295 cm (116 in) Flag of Japan.svg Toray Arrows
2 Sarina Koga WS/OH21 May 19961.83 m (6 ft 0 in)68 kg (150 lb)307 cm (121 in)290 cm (110 in) Flag of Japan.svg NEC Red Rockets
3 Haruyo Shimamura MB4 March 19921.82 m (6 ft 0 in)78 kg (172 lb)313 cm (123 in)300 cm (120 in) Flag of Japan.svg NEC Red Rockets
5 Erika Araki (c)MB3 August 19841.86 m (6 ft 1 in)81 kg (179 lb)305 cm (120 in)297 cm (117 in) Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Auto Body Queenseis
7 Yuki Ishii WS/OH8 May 19911.80 m (5 ft 11 in)68 kg (150 lb)302 cm (119 in)287 cm (113 in) Flag of Japan.svg Hisamitsu Springs
8 Mayu Ishikawa WS/OH14 May 20001.73 m (5 ft 8 in)66 kg (146 lb)300 cm (120 in)285 cm (112 in) Flag of Japan.svg Toray Arrows
9 Kanami Tashiro S25 March 19911.73 m (5 ft 8 in)68 kg (150 lb)280 cm (110 in)273 cm (107 in) Flag of Japan.svg Denso Airybees
13 Mai Okumura MB31 October 19901.77 m (5 ft 10 in)69 kg (152 lb)297 cm (117 in)285 cm (112 in) Flag of Japan.svg Denso Airybees
14 Mako Kobata L15 August 19921.64 m (5 ft 5 in)56 kg (123 lb)281 cm (111 in)274 cm (108 in) Flag of Japan.svg JT Marvelous
19 Nichika Yamada MB24 February 20001.84 m (6 ft 0 in)73 kg (161 lb)310 cm (120 in)288 cm (113 in) Flag of Japan.svg NEC Red Rockets
21 Kotona Hayashi OH13 November 19991.73 m (5 ft 8 in)62 kg (137 lb)292 cm (115 in)280 cm (110 in) Flag of Japan.svg JT Marvelous
24 Aki Momii S7 October 20001.76 m (5 ft 9 in)65 kg (143 lb)285 cm (112 in)N/A Flag of Japan.svg JT Marvelous

Former squads

Head coach: Tadayoshi Yokota

No.NameDate of birthHeight1994 club
1 Motoko Obayashi 15.06.67182 cm (5 ft 11+12 in) Hitachi
2 Aki Nagatomi 17.07.69173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Hitachi
3 Chie Natori 09.08.69176 cm (5 ft 9+12 in) Daiei
4 Mika Yamauchi 07.10.69182 cm (5 ft 11+12 in) Daiei
6 Tomoko Yoshihara 04.02.70179 cm (5 ft 10+12 in) Hitachi
7 Kiyoko Fukuda 04.08.70178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
8 Miho Murata 03.09.70178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
9 Asako Tajimi 26.02.72179 cm (5 ft 10+12 in) Hitachi
12 Yumi Natta 12.07.69161 cm (5 ft 3+12 in) Daiei
13 Naomi Eto 12.07.72186 cm (6 ft 1 in) Hitachi
16 Maki Fujiyoshi 24.05.74178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
17 Miyuki Shimasaki 13.10.74178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
5 Kazuyo Matsukawa 07.01.70181 cm (5 ft 11+12 in) Daiei
10 Kumiko Sakamoto 13.12.72177 cm (5 ft 9+12 in) Daiei
14 Minako Onuki 15.10.72173 cm (5 ft 8 in) NEC
15 Miho Ota 27.10.73179 cm (5 ft 10+12 in) Hitachi
18 Eiko Yasui 08.05.71164 cm (5 ft 4+12 in) Kanagawa

Coaches history

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