Overview

Team profile

Japan

Japan will compete in the FIVB World League for the 24th time in 2017, seeking to surpass their sixth-place finishes in 1990, 1993 and 2008. Last time out, Japan finished 11th in Group 2 and 24th overall in 2016 with a 2-7 record. 
Japan won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, followed by silver at Mexico 1968 and gold at Munich 1972. Subsequent decades have been less successful. Japan missed three successive Olympic Games before returning to the stage at Beijing 2008 where they failed to win a match. 
They 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 missed in 54 years. They had previously won bronze medals at the World Championships in 1970 and 1974. 
Japan have been crowned Asian champions eight times and have won the same number of gold medals at the Asian Games.

Coach

Nakagaichi Yuichi

Nakagaichi Yuichi

Yuichi Nakagaichi distinguished himself as an opposite of the national team of Japan during his playing career, including appearances at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and the 1990, 1994 and 1998 FIVB World Championships. At club level he has competed for Nippon Steel and Sakai Blazers. Following a coaching career in Japan and the USA, the 50-year-old Fukui native was appointed head coach of Japan’s men’s national team late last year, with a mandate to lead the side to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

  • Team Manager Yajima Hisanori
  • Assistant coach Blain Philippe
  • Second Assistant Coach Tsumagari Katsutoshi
  • Doctor Nishino Tomofumi
  • Physiotherapist Tanaka Hiroshi

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank 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
Slovenia
9 8 1 2 5 1 1 0 0 24 26 10 2.600 873 778 1.122
2
Netherlands
9 7 2 4 2 1 1 1 0 21 24 10 2.400 804 698 1.151
3
Australia
9 6 3 2 2 2 0 3 0 16 21 15 1.400 826 793 1.041
4
Japan
9 5 4 1 2 2 3 0 1 16 21 18 1.166 873 823 1.060
5
China
9 5 4 2 2 1 1 2 1 15 19 16 1.187 803 815 0.985
6
Korea
9 5 4 1 0 4 1 1 2 12 18 20 0.900 796 829 0.960
7
Slovakia
9 4 5 2 2 0 1 0 4 13 14 17 0.823 673 705 0.954
8
Czech Republic
9 4 5 2 1 1 1 2 2 12 16 18 0.888 724 771 0.939
9
Finland
9 3 6 1 2 0 1 4 1 10 15 20 0.750 785 791 0.992
10
Portugal
9 3 6 0 2 1 2 2 2 10 15 22 0.681 793 837 0.947
11
Turkey
9 3 6 1 0 2 2 3 1 9 16 22 0.727 848 869 0.975
12
Egypt
9 1 8 0 0 1 2 2 4 4 9 26 0.346 729 818 0.891

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