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Japan
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Nickname(s) Hinotori Nippon(火の鳥NIPPON)[1]
Association Japan Volleyball Association[2]
Head coach Masayoshi Manabe
FIVB ranking 4 (as of September 2014)
Uniforms
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
 
Home
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
 
Away
Summer Olympics
Appearances 11 (First in 1964)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg (1964, 1976)
World Championship
Appearances 15 (First in 1960)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg (1962, 1967, 1974)
Website http://www.jva.or.jp/ (:ja)
Japan women's national volleyball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo Team
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal Team
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City Team
Silver medal – second place 1972 Munich Team
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles Team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1962 Soviet Union Team
Gold medal – first place 1967 Japan Team
Gold medal – first place 1974 Mexico Team
Silver medal – second place 1960 Brazil Team
Silver medal – second place 1970 Bulgaria Team
Silver medal – second place 1978 Soviet Union Team
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Japan Team
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1977 Japan Team
Silver medal – second place 1973 Japan Team
Silver medal – second place 1981 Japan Team
World Grand Champions Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Japan Team
World Grand Prix
Silver medal – second place 2014 Japan Team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1962 Jakarta Team
Gold medal – first place 1966 Bangkok Team
Gold medal – first place 1970 Bangkok Team
Gold medal – first place 1974 Tehran Team
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Team
Silver medal – second place 1982 New Delhi Team
Silver medal – second place 1986 Seoul Team
Silver medal – second place 2006 Doha Team
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Beijing Team
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Hiroshima Team
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Bangkok Team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Busan Team
Asian Championship
Gold medal – first place 1975 Melbourne Team
Gold medal – first place 1983 Fukuoka Team
Gold medal – first place 2007 Suphanburi Team
Silver medal – second place 1979 Hong Kong Team
Silver medal – second place 1987 Shanghai Team
Silver medal – second place 1991 Bangkok Team
Silver medal – second place 1993 Shanghai Team
Silver medal – second place 2003 Ho Chi Minh City Team
Silver medal – second place 2011 Taipei Team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Nakhon Ratchasima Team
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Hong Kong Team
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Chiang Mai Team
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Manila Team
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Hong Kong Team
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Taicang Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Hanoi Team

The Japan women's national volleyball team (Hinotori Nippon, 火の鳥NIPPON), or All-Japan women's volleyball team, is the volleyball national team of Japan, currently ranked 4th[4] in the world by FIVB. The current head coach is Masayoshi Manabe.

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]

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 Republic, 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.

6 times World Champions[edit]

Year Games Host Runner-up 2nd Runner-up
1962 # 4th World Championship USSR Soviet Union USSR Poland Poland
1964 # Tokyo Olympics Games Japan Soviet Union USSR Poland Poland
1967 # 5th World Championship Japan Soviet Union USSR 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]

Olympics Games[edit]

World Championship[edit]

  • Soviet Union 1952 – did not compete
  • France 1956 – did not compete
  • 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 – 7th place
  • Japan 2006 – 6th place
  • Japan 2010Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Italy 2014 – 7th place

World Cup[edit]

FIVB World Grand Prix[edit]

Montreux Volley Masters[edit]

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

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

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Japanese roster in the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup.[9]

Head coach: Masayoshi Manabe

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2015 club
1 Nagaoka, MiyuMiyu Nagaoka 25 July 1991 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 65 kg (143 lb) 310 cm (120 in) 295 cm (116 in) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
2 Zayasu, KotokiKotoki Zayasu 11 January 1990 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in) 57 kg (126 lb) 272 cm (107 in) 262 cm (103 in) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
3 Kimura, SaoriSaori Kimura (C) 16 August 1986 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 65 kg (143 lb) 304 cm (120 in) 293 cm (115 in) Japan Toray Arrows
5 Kotō, ChizuruChizuru Kotō 8 October 1982 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) 65 kg (143 lb) 295 cm (116 in) 279 cm (110 in) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
7 Yamaguchi, MaiMai Yamaguchi 3 July 1983 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 62 kg (137 lb) 302 cm (119 in) 290 cm (110 in) Japan Okayama Seagulls
8 Koga, SarinaSarina Koga 21 May 1996 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 66 kg (146 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 290 cm (110 in) Japan NEC Red Rockets
9 Shimamura, HaruyoHaruyo Shimamura 4 March 1992 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 299 cm (118 in) 287 cm (113 in) Japan NEC Red Rockets
12 Ishii, YukiYuki Ishii 8 May 1991 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 68 kg (150 lb) 303 cm (119 in) 286 cm (113 in) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
13 Satō, MioMio Satō 12 February 1993 1.53 m (5 ft 0 in) 52 kg (115 lb) 250 cm (98 in) 245 cm (96 in) Japan Toyota Auto Body Queenseis
15 Uchiseto, MamiMami Uchiseto 25 October 1991 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 70 kg (150 lb) 296 cm (117 in) 281 cm (111 in) Japan Hitachi Rivale
16 Sakoda, SaoriSaori Sakoda 18 December 1987 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 64 kg (141 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 279 cm (110 in) Japan Toray Arrows
19 Miyashita, HarukaHaruka Miyashita 1 September 1994 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 61 kg (134 lb) 298 cm (117 in) 272 cm (107 in) Japan Okayama Seagulls
21 Ōtake, RihoRiho Ōtake 23 December 1993 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 68 kg (150 lb) 306 cm (120 in) 299 cm (118 in) Japan Denso Airybees
22 Nabeya, YurieYurie Nabeya 15 December 1993 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 58 kg (128 lb) 302 cm (119 in) 288 cm (113 in) Japan Denso Airybees

Former squads[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nickname:HINOTORI NIPPON". jva.or.jp. 
  2. ^ "JVA". 
  3. ^ "AVC". 
  4. ^ "FIVB World Rankings, Senior, Women". fivb.com. October 13, 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "LONDON 2012 VOLLEYBALL,VOLLEYBALL WOMEN". olympic.org. August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Brazil, Japan reach semifinals". ESPN.com. August 8, 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Japan humbled by Brazil in women’s volleyball semifinals, to play S. Korea for bronze". The Japan Times. August 10, 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Japan beats South Korea for historic volleyball bronze". The Japan Times. August 12, 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Team Roster – Japan". Japan Volleyball Association. 

External links[edit]


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