Overview

Team profile

Japan

Japan will compete in the FIVB Volleyball World League for the 23rd time, seeking to surpass their sixth-place finishes in 1990, 1993 and 2008. Last time out, Japan finished in joint-fifth in Group 2 with five victories out of twelve matches. Japan missed out on qualification from their World League Group 2 pool in no small part due to a rampant French side winning all their matches on the way to capturing the gold medal at the finals in Rio de Janeiro. They finished joint-bottom of Group 2 with Korea after winning just one of their Pool D matches in 2014, exiting the competition at the first stage.

Japan won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, 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 will also miss the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after finishing seventh at the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo. They also failed to qualify for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship – the first edition they had missed in 54 years.

Coach

Nambu Masashi

Nambu Masashi

Masashi Nambu has been Japan's men's national team coach since February 2014. That year he led the team to a silver medal at the Asian Games and an equal-11th finish in Group 2 of the World League. They improved to equal-fifth in Group 2 of the 2015 World League. Nambu wants to build a strong platform to help Japan reach the Olympic Games. Nambu, who was born in Osaka, also coached club side Matsushita Panasonic Panthers from 2002 to 2014. It was there that he won Best Head Coach of the Year honours three times and led his team to three domestic titles. As a player he earned Top Six honours at the 1997 and 1999 Kurowashiki All-Japan Tournaments.

Staff

  • Team Manager Oda Katsumi
  • Assistant coach Masajedi Ahmad
  • Second Assistant Coach Nishida Makoto
  • Doctor Hayashi Mitsutoshi
  • Physiotherapist Hamasaki Genta

Schedule

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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
Canada
9 8 1 5 2 1 1 0 0 24 26 7 3.714 787 677 1.162
2
Turkey
9 8 1 4 1 3 0 1 0 21 25 10 2.500 813 756 1.075
3
Netherlands
9 6 3 1 4 1 2 0 1 19 22 15 1.466 839 768 1.092
4
Finland
9 6 3 1 3 2 2 0 1 18 22 16 1.375 858 826 1.038
5
Czech Republic
9 5 4 1 1 3 1 2 1 13 19 19 1.000 837 850 0.984
6
China
9 4 5 2 2 0 0 1 4 12 13 17 0.764 681 681 1.000
7
Egypt
9 4 5 1 1 2 1 1 3 11 15 20 0.750 781 816 0.957
8
Slovakia
9 3 6 0 2 1 2 2 2 10 15 22 0.681 788 843 0.934
9
Cuba
9 3 6 0 0 3 3 3 0 9 18 24 0.750 891 917 0.971
10
Korea
9 3 6 1 0 2 2 1 3 9 14 22 0.636 804 820 0.980
11
Japan
9 2 7 2 0 0 3 2 2 9 14 21 0.666 763 803 0.950
12
Portugal
9 2 7 1 0 1 2 3 2 7 13 23 0.565 758 843 0.899

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