Overview

Team profile

Japan

Two years before hosting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Japan have been established as one of the core participants of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
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 World Championship bronze medals in 1970 and 1974.
Japan have been crowned Asian champions eight times and have won golds at the Asian Games.
In 2017, Japan took part in the FIVB World League for the twenty-fourth time, making it to the Final Four in the Gold Coast and beating hosts Australia 3-2 in the semi-finals of Group 2, before losing in straight sets to Slovenia in the final. Their fourteenth place overall ranking fell short of their sixth place finishes in 1990, 1993 and 2008.

Coach

Nakagaichi, Yuichi

Nakagaichi, Yuichi

Yuichi Nakagaichi distinguished himself as a mainstay in the National Team of Japan during his playing career, making appearances at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and the 1990, 1994 and 1998 FIVB World Championships. At club level he competed for Nippon Steel and Sakai Blazers. Following a coaching career in Japan and the USA, the 50-year-old was appointed head coach of Japan’s men's National Team in 2017, with a mandate to lead the side to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Staff

  • Team Manager Yajima, Hisanori
  • Assistant coach Blain, Philippe
  • Second Assistant Coach Tsumagari, Katsutoshi
  • Physiotherapist Murashima,Yosuke/Tanaka,Hiroshi

Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
France
15 12 3 7 3 2 1 0 2 35 38 16 2.375 1295 1140 1.135
2
Russia
15 11 4 9 2 0 1 1 2 34 36 14 2.571 1191 1096 1.086
3
USA
15 11 4 6 3 2 2 0 2 33 37 19 1.947 1294 1183 1.093
4
Serbia
15 11 4 3 4 4 0 0 4 29 33 24 1.375 1289 1255 1.027
5
Brazil
15 10 5 6 2 2 2 0 3 30 34 21 1.619 1280 1213 1.055
6
Poland
15 10 5 7 2 1 0 2 3 29 32 19 1.684 1221 1124 1.086
7
Canada
15 8 7 5 3 0 1 3 3 25 29 24 1.208 1219 1227 0.993
8
Italy
15 8 7 3 3 2 2 2 3 24 30 28 1.071 1315 1296 1.014
9
Germany
15 7 8 2 4 1 3 2 3 23 29 30 0.966 1299 1307 0.993
10
Iran
15 7 8 3 2 2 2 4 2 21 29 30 0.966 1355 1344 1.008
11
Bulgaria
15 6 9 2 1 3 2 4 3 17 26 34 0.764 1288 1351 0.953
12
Japan
15 6 9 0 2 4 1 3 5 15 23 37 0.621 1301 1374 0.946
13
Australia
15 5 10 1 3 1 1 4 5 15 21 35 0.600 1236 1340 0.922
14
Argentina
15 4 11 3 1 0 3 5 3 15 23 34 0.676 1270 1326 0.957
15
China
15 3 12 1 1 1 1 4 7 9 15 39 0.384 1173 1291 0.908
16
Korea
15 1 14 1 0 0 3 2 9 6 11 42 0.261 1108 1267 0.874

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