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.