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 another 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 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 already building a team capable of winning a medal on home soil.
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, last year at home, Japan finished 6th, one position up from four years earlier.
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 they hosted the Final Six in Tokyo.
On a continental level, Japan have won numerous bronze, silver, and gold medals at the Asian Games and Asian Championships.