|Association||Japan Volleyball Association|
|Head coach||Kumi Nakada|
|FIVB ranking||5 (as of 12 June 2021)|
|Appearances||13 (First in 1964 )|
|Best result||(1964, 1976)|
|Appearances||16 (First in 1960 )|
|Best result||(1962, 1967, 1974)|
|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 10thin the world by FIVB. The current head coach is Kumi Nakada.
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.
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.
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.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. 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. 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.
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.Japan's opening match was be on 25 July 2021 in Tokyo against Kenya. They beat Kenya in their first match in straight sets and lost against Serbia, Brazil, Korea and the Dominican Republic which caused them to miss the qualification for the quarterfinals.
|1962 #||4th World Championship||USSR||USSR||Poland|
|1964 #||Tokyo Olympic Games||Japan||USSR||Poland|
|1967 #||5th World Championship||Japan||USA||South Korea|
|1974 &||7th World Championship||Mexico||USSR||South Korea|
|1976 &||Montreal Olympic Games||Canada||USSR||South Korea|
|1977 &||2nd World Cup||Japan||Cuba||South Korea|
#, & – Twice 3 Straight Major titles in 1960s and 1970s
(World Women's Volleyball Championship, World Cup, Olympic Games)
The following is the Japanese roster at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Head coach: Kumi Nakada
|No.||Name||Position||Date of birth||Height||Weight||Spike||Block||2020-21 club|
|1||Ai Kurogo||WS/OH||14 June 1998||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||69 kg (152 lb)||306 cm (120 in)||295 cm (116 in)||Toray Arrows|
|2||Sarina Koga||WS/OH||21 May 1996||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||68 kg (150 lb)||307 cm (121 in)||290 cm (110 in)||NEC Red Rockets|
|3||Haruyo Shimamura||MB||4 March 1992||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||78 kg (172 lb)||313 cm (123 in)||300 cm (120 in)||NEC Red Rockets|
|5||Erika Araki (c)||MB||3 August 1984||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)||81 kg (179 lb)||305 cm (120 in)||297 cm (117 in)||Toyota Auto Body Queenseis|
|7||Yuki Ishii||WS/OH||8 May 1991||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||68 kg (150 lb)||302 cm (119 in)||287 cm (113 in)||Hisamitsu Springs|
|8||Mayu Ishikawa||WS/OH||14 May 2000||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||66 kg (146 lb)||300 cm (120 in)||285 cm (112 in)||Toray Arrows|
|9||Kanami Tashiro||S||25 March 1991||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||68 kg (150 lb)||280 cm (110 in)||273 cm (107 in)||Denso Airybees|
|13||Mai Okumura||MB||31 October 1990||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||69 kg (152 lb)||297 cm (117 in)||285 cm (112 in)||Denso Airybees|
|14||Mako Kobata||L||15 August 1992||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)||56 kg (123 lb)||281 cm (111 in)||274 cm (108 in)||JT Marvelous|
|19||Nichika Yamada||MB||24 February 2000||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)||73 kg (161 lb)||310 cm (120 in)||288 cm (113 in)||NEC Red Rockets|
|21||Kotona Hayashi||OH||13 November 1999||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||62 kg (137 lb)||292 cm (115 in)||280 cm (110 in)||JT Marvelous|
|24||Aki Momii||S||7 October 2000||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||65 kg (143 lb)||285 cm (112 in)||N/A||JT Marvelous|
Head coach: Tadayoshi Yokota
|No.||Name||Date of birth||Height||1994 club|
|1||Motoko Obayashi||15.06.67||182 cm (5 ft 11+1⁄2 in)||Hitachi|
|2||Aki Nagatomi||17.07.69||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)||Hitachi|
|3||Chie Natori||09.08.69||176 cm (5 ft 9+1⁄2 in)||Daiei|
|4||Mika Yamauchi||07.10.69||182 cm (5 ft 11+1⁄2 in)||Daiei|
|6||Tomoko Yoshihara||04.02.70||179 cm (5 ft 10+1⁄2 in)||Hitachi|
|7||Kiyoko Fukuda||04.08.70||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)||Hitachi|
|8||Miho Murata||03.09.70||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)||Hitachi|
|9||Asako Tajimi||26.02.72||179 cm (5 ft 10+1⁄2 in)||Hitachi|
|12||Yumi Natta||12.07.69||161 cm (5 ft 3+1⁄2 in)||Daiei|
|13||Naomi Eto||12.07.72||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)||Hitachi|
|16||Maki Fujiyoshi||24.05.74||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)||Hitachi|
|17||Miyuki Shimasaki||13.10.74||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)||Hitachi|
|5||Kazuyo Matsukawa||07.01.70||181 cm (5 ft 11+1⁄2 in)||Daiei|
|10||Kumiko Sakamoto||13.12.72||177 cm (5 ft 9+1⁄2 in)||Daiei|
|14||Minako Onuki||15.10.72||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)||NEC|
|15||Miho Ota||27.10.73||179 cm (5 ft 10+1⁄2 in)||Hitachi|
|18||Eiko Yasui||08.05.71||164 cm (5 ft 4+1⁄2 in)||Kanagawa|
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