Overview

Team profile

Japan

The Japanese women’s team were a prominent force in the 1960s and 1970s, winning a home Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 1964, as well as gold at the Montreal 1976 Games and silver at the Mexico City 1968 and Munich 1972 Games. Japan also picked up a bronze medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Games, and returned to the Olympic podium after 28 years with a win over the Republic of Korea in the bronze medal match of the London 2012 Games. At Rio 2016, Japan reached the quarterfinals and finished in fifth place overall.
As hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Japan are looking to build a team capable of winning a medal on home soil in the next two years leading up to the competition.
Japan have been crowned world champions three times, first in 1962 and then in 1967 and 1974. They then won silver in 1798, but had to wait 32 years before their next World Championship medal, when they won bronze on home soil in 2010. In the most recent competition, in 2014, Japan finished seventh.
Japan are one of only two teams, along with China, to have been in all 25 editions of the FIVB World Grand Prix. However, they only have one medal in these 25 appearances. This was a silver in the 2014 edition, when the Final Six took place in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. Last year, they finished fifth in the Group 1 Intercontinental Round, with a 6-3 record. This left them just short of making the finals.
On a continental level, Japan have won numerous bronze, silver, and gold medals at the Asian Games and Asian Championships.

Coach

Nakada, Kumi (Ms.)

Nakada, Kumi (Ms.)

Born in 1965, Kumi Nakada is a Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games bronze medallist. The Japanese National Team setter then became a three-time Olympian after also playing in Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992. She took over as coach of the Women’s National Team from Masayoshi Manabe this year, tasked with preparing the team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where Japan will be competing as hosts. She has been coaching Hisamitsu Springs since 2012, where she has led the team to three titles in Japan’s V.Premier League. She is the first ever female coach of the National Team.

Staff

  • Team Manager Teramawari, Futoshi
  • Assistant coach Akbas, Ferhat
  • Second Assistant Coach Toyokihara, Shun
  • Doctor Hosoi, Akane (Ms.)
  • Physiotherapist Wakamiya, Keiji

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
USA
15 13 2 11 2 0 1 1 0 40 42 8 5.250 1227 997 1.230
2
Serbia
15 12 3 7 4 1 2 1 0 37 41 15 2.733 1324 1141 1.160
3
Brazil
15 12 3 3 7 2 1 2 0 35 40 20 2.000 1376 1229 1.119
4
Netherlands
15 12 3 6 3 3 1 1 1 34 39 18 2.166 1327 1176 1.128
5
Turkey
15 11 4 5 5 1 3 1 0 35 40 19 2.105 1351 1244 1.086
6
Italy
15 10 5 6 1 3 2 0 3 29 34 22 1.545 1230 1136 1.082
7
Russia
15 8 7 2 4 2 1 0 6 23 26 29 0.896 1194 1198 0.996
8
Poland
15 8 7 3 2 3 1 3 3 22 29 29 1.000 1298 1211 1.071
9
China
15 7 8 5 1 1 2 4 2 22 29 27 1.074 1237 1178 1.050
10
Japan
15 7 8 3 1 3 2 2 4 20 27 31 0.870 1209 1273 0.949
11
Germany
15 5 10 1 3 1 1 6 3 15 23 35 0.657 1220 1315 0.927
12
Korea
15 5 10 2 2 1 0 1 9 14 16 34 0.470 1022 1141 0.895
13
Belgium
15 4 11 2 1 1 1 4 6 12 18 36 0.500 1115 1250 0.892
14
Dominican Republic
15 3 12 2 1 0 3 2 7 12 17 37 0.459 1072 1245 0.861
15
Thailand
15 2 13 1 0 1 2 7 4 7 17 41 0.414 1218 1355 0.898
16
Argentina
15 1 14 1 0 0 0 2 12 3 5 42 0.119 830 1161 0.714

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