Japan women's national volleyball team

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Japan
Flag of Japan.svg
Nickname(s) Hinotori Nippon (火の鳥NIPPON)[1]
Association Japan Volleyball Association[2]
Head coach Kumi Nakada
FIVB ranking 6 (as of August 2016)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Summer Olympics
Appearances 12 (First in 1964)
Best result Gold (1964, 1976)
World Championship
Appearances 15 (First in 1960)
Best result Gold (1962, 1967, 1974)
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
Gold medal – first place 1967 Japan
Gold medal – first place 1974 Mexico
Silver medal – second place 1960 Brazil
Silver medal – second place 1970 Bulgaria
Silver medal – second place 1978 Soviet Union
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Japan
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1977 Japan
Silver medal – second place 1973 Japan
Silver medal – second place 1981 Japan
World Grand Champions Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Japan
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Japan
World Grand Prix
Silver medal – second place 2014 Japan
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
Gold medal – first place 1983 Fukuoka
Gold medal – first place 2007 Suphanburi
Silver medal – second place 1979 Hong Kong
Silver medal – second place 1987 Shanghai
Silver medal – second place 1991 Bangkok
Silver medal – second place 1993 Shanghai
Silver medal – second place 2003 Ho Chi Minh City
Silver medal – second place 2011 Taipei
Silver medal – second place 2013 Nakhon Ratchasima
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Hong Kong
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Chiang Mai
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Manila
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Hong Kong
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Taicang
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Hanoi

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 5th[4] in the world by FIVB. The current head coach is Kumi Nakada.

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]

History[edit]

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 United States USA 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]

  • Japan 1964Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • Mexico 1968Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Germany 1972Med 2.png Silver Medal
  • Canada 1976Med 1.png Gold Medal
  • United States 1984Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • South Korea 1988 – 4th place
  • Spain 1992 – 5th place
  • United States 1996 – 9th place
  • Greece 2004 – 5th place (tied)
  • China 2008 – 5th place (tied)
  • United Kingdom 2012Med 3.png Bronze Medal
  • Brazil 2016 – 5th place (tied)

World Championship[edit]

  • 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 – 13th 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]

Asian Cup Volleyball Championship[edit]

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Japanese roster in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Head coach: TBA

No. Name Date of birth (age) Height Weight Spike Block 2016 club
1 Nagaoka, MiyuMiyu Nagaoka (1991-07-25) 25 July 1991 (age 25) 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 68 kg (150 lb) 310 cm (120 in) 298 cm (117 in) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
2 Miyashita, HarukaHaruka Miyashita (1994-09-01) 1 September 1994 (age 22) 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 61 kg (134 lb) 298 cm (117 in) 272 cm (107 in) Japan Okayama Seagulls
3 Kimura, SaoriSaori Kimura Captain sports.svg (1986-08-19) 19 August 1986 (age 30) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 65 kg (143 lb) 304 cm (120 in) 293 cm (115 in) Japan Toray Arrows
5 Sato, ArisaArisa Sato (L) (1989-07-18) 18 July 1989 (age 27) 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 52 kg (115 lb) 275 cm (108 in) 266 cm (105 in) Japan Hitachi Rivale
6 Nabeya, YurieYurie Nabeya (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 (age 23) 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 58 kg (128 lb) 302 cm (119 in) 285 cm (112 in) Japan Denso Airybees
7 Yamaguchi, MaiMai Yamaguchi (1983-07-03) 3 July 1983 (age 33) 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 62 kg (137 lb) 304 cm (120 in) 292 cm (115 in) Japan Okayama Seagulls
9 Shimamura, HaruyoHaruyo Shimamura (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 25) 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 299 cm (118 in) 290 cm (110 in) Japan NEC Red Rockets
11 Araki, ErikaErika Araki (1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 32) 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 304 cm (120 in) 301 cm (119 in) Japan Ageo Medics
12 Ishii, YukiYuki Ishii (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 25) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 68 kg (150 lb) 302 cm (119 in) 286 cm (113 in) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
16 Sakoda, SaoriSaori Sakoda (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 29) 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 63 kg (139 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 279 cm (110 in) Japan Toray Arrows
18 Zayasu, KotokiKotoki Zayasu (1990-01-11) 11 January 1990 (age 27) 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in) 57 kg (126 lb) 270 cm (110 in) 255 cm (100 in) Japan Hisamitsu Springs
20 Tashiro, KanamiKanami Tashiro (1991-03-25) 25 March 1991 (age 26) 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 66 kg (146 lb) 283 cm (111 in) 273 cm (107 in) Japan Toray Arrows

Former squads[edit]

  • 1994 squad:

Head coach: Tadayoshi Yokota

No. Name Date of birth Height 1994 club
1 Motoko Obayashi 15.06.67 182 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Hitachi
2 Aki Nagatomi 17.07.69 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Hitachi
3 Chie Natori 09.08.69 176 cm (5 ft 9 12 in) Daiei
4 Mika Yamauchi 07.10.69 182 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Daiei
6 Tomoko Yoshihara 04.02.70 179 cm (5 ft 10 12 in) Hitachi
7 Kiyoko Fukuda 04.08.70 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
8 Miho Murata 03.09.70 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
9 Asako Tajimi 26.02.72 179 cm (5 ft 10 12 in) Hitachi
12 Yumi Natta 12.07.69 161 cm (5 ft 3 12 in) Daiei
13 Naomi Eto 12.07.72 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) Hitachi
16 Maki Fujiyoshi 24.05.74 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
17 Miyuki Shimasaki 13.10.74 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
5 Karuyo Matsukawa 07.01.70 181 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Daiei
10 Kumiko Sakamoto 13.12.72 177 cm (5 ft 9 12 in) Daiei
14 Minako Onuki 15.10.72 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) NEC
15 Miho Ota 27.10.73 179 cm (5 ft 10 12 in) Hitachi
18 Eiko Yasui 08.05.71 164 cm (5 ft 4 12 in) Kanagawa

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nickname:HINOTORI NIPPON". jva.or.jp. 
  2. ^ "JVA". 
  3. ^ "AVC". 
  4. ^ "FIVB World Rankings, Senior, Women". fivb.com. September 7, 2015. Retrieved 7 September 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. 

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