Japan women's national volleyball team

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Japan
Flag of Japan.svg
Nickname(s) Nippon (火の鳥NIPPON)[1]
Association Japan Volleyball Association[2]
Head coach Kumi Nakada
FIVB ranking 7 (as of September, 2019)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Summer Olympics
Appearances 12 (First in 1964)
Best result Gold (1964, 1976)
World Championship
Appearances 15 (First in 1960)
Best result Gold (1962, 1967, 1974)
http://www.jva.or.jp/ (:ja)

The Japan women's national volleyball team (Hinotori Nippon, 火の鳥NIPPON), or All-Japan women's volleyball team, is currently ranked 6th[4] in 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.[5]

History[edit]

2012 London Olympics[edit]

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.

Winner of 6 major world titles[edit]

Year Games Host Runner-up 2nd Runner-up
1962 # 4th World Championship USSR Soviet Union USSR Poland Poland
1964 # Tokyo Olympic Games Japan Soviet Union USSR Poland Poland
1967 # 5th World Championship Japan United States USA South Korea South Korea
1974 & 7th World Championship Mexico Soviet Union USSR South Korea South Korea
1976 & Montreal Olympic Games Canada Soviet Union USSR South Korea South Korea
1977 & 2nd World Cup Japan Cuba Cuba South Korea South Korea

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

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

Results[edit]

International[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

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

World Championship[edit]

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

World Cup[edit]

World Grand Champions Cup[edit]

FIVB World Grand Prix[edit]

FIVB Nations League[edit]

  • China 2018 – 10th place
  • China 2019 – 9th place

Montreux Volley Masters[edit]

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

Continental[edit]

Asian Games[edit]

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

Asian Championship[edit]

  • Australia 1975Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Hong Kong 1979Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Japan 1983Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • China 1987Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Hong Kong 1989Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Thailand 1991Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • China 1993Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Thailand 1995Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Philippines 1997Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Hong Kong 1999Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Thailand 2001 – 4th place
  • Vietnam 2003Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • China 2005Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Thailand 2007Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Vietnam 2009Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Chinese Taipei 2011Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Thailand 2013Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • China 2015 – 6th place
  • Philippines 2017 - Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • South Korea 2019Med 1.png Gold Medal

Asian Cup Volleyball Championship[edit]

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Japanese roster in the 2019 Volleyball Women's World Cup.[9]

Head coach: Kumi Nakada

No. Name Position Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2019–20 club
2 Sarina Koga WS/OH 21 May 1996 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 67 kg (148 lb) 302 cm (119 in) 290 cm (110 in) Japan NEC Red Rockets
3 Nana Iwasaka (c) MB 3 July 1990 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 300 cm (120 in) 293 cm (115 in) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
4 Risa Shinnabe OP 11 July 1990 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 64 kg (141 lb) 292 cm (115 in) 285 cm (112 in) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
5 Erika Araki MB 3 August 1984 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 297 cm (117 in) Japan Toyota Auto Body Queenseis
6 Haruka Miyashita S 1 September 1994 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 61 kg (134 lb) 290 cm (110 in) 272 cm (107 in) Okayama Seagulls
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) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
11 Yurie Nabeya WS 15 December 1993 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 55 kg (121 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 292 cm (115 in) Japan Denso Airbees
12 Miya Sato S 7 March 1990 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 62 kg (137 lb) 278 cm (109 in) 275 cm (108 in) Japan Hitachi Rivale
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) Japan 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) Japan JT Marvelous
16 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) Japan Toray Arrows
18 Akane Yamagishi L 8 January 1991 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 55 kg (121 lb) 280 cm (110 in) 260 cm (100 in) Japan Saitama Ageo Medics
21 Miwako Osanai WS 19 July 1997 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 67 kg (148 lb) 293 cm (115 in) 270 cm (110 in) Japan Hitachi Rivale
24 Aika Akutagawa MB 3 April 1991 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 62 kg (137 lb) 300 cm (120 in) 280 cm (110 in) Japan JT Marvelous
28 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) Japan Toray Arrows

Former squads[edit]

  • 1994 squad:

Head coach: Tadayoshi Yokota

No. Name Date of birth Height 1994 club
1 Motoko Obayashi 15.06.67 182 cm (5 ft 11 12 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 12 in) Daiei
4 Mika Yamauchi 07.10.69 182 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Daiei
6 Tomoko Yoshihara 04.02.70 179 cm (5 ft 10 12 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 12 in) Hitachi
12 Yumi Natta 12.07.69 161 cm (5 ft 3 12 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 12 in) Daiei
10 Kumiko Sakamoto 13.12.72 177 cm (5 ft 9 12 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 12 in) Hitachi
18 Eiko Yasui 08.05.71 164 cm (5 ft 4 12 in) Kanagawa

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nickname:HINOTORI NIPPON". jva.or.jp.
  2. ^ "JVA".
  3. ^ "AVC".
  4. ^ "FIVB Senior World Ranking - Women". The FIVB. FIVB. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  5. ^ "LONDON 2012 VOLLEYBALL, VOLLEYBALL WOMEN". olympic.org. August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Brazil, Japan reach semifinals". ESPN.com. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Japan humbled by Brazil in women's volleyball semifinals, to play S. Korea for bronze". The Japan Times. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Japan beats South Korea for historic volleyball bronze". The Japan Times. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Japan Team Roster". FIVB. Retrieved 28 September 2019.

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