Overview

Team profile

Japan

Japan missed out on qualification from their World League Group 2 pool this season 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. Japan often have the advantage of playing in the World Cup on home court, but recent results have failed to live up to those of the past. They finished 10th in 2011 and 1999, and ninth in 2003 and 2007. Their best results were in 1969 and 1977 when they won the silver medal on each occasion. This is the 11th consecutive World Cup they have hosted.

They failed to qualify for the 2014 World Championship, the first edition they had missed in 54 years, but they won the silver medal at the 2014 Asian Championships in Incheon, Korea where they lost to Iran in the final. Japan joined the FIVB in 1951 and have won the Asian Championship seven times and the Asian Games eight times. They took part in the World Championship for the first time in 1960, heralding an era of success. They won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, silver at Mexico 1968 and gold at Munich 1972. Subsequent decades have proved less fruitful. Japan missed three successive Olympic Games before returning to the stage at Beijing 2008 where they failed to win a match.

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 Shimbo Koichiro
  • Second Assistant Coach Masajedi Ahmed / Akiyama Nakaba
  • Physiotherapist Ogata Masaru

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
USA
11 10 1 7 3 0 0 1 0 30 31 6 5.166 899 746 1.205
2
Italy
11 10 1 6 3 1 0 0 1 29 30 8 3.750 918 780 1.176
3
Poland
11 10 1 3 6 1 0 1 0 29 31 11 2.818 1011 884 1.143
4
Russia
11 8 3 6 1 1 0 1 2 23 25 12 2.083 885 794 1.114
5
Argentina
11 7 4 4 2 1 1 3 0 21 26 16 1.625 985 922 1.068
6
Japan
11 5 6 3 1 1 2 2 2 16 21 21 1.000 928 934 0.993
7
Canada
11 5 6 3 0 2 0 3 3 13 18 22 0.818 886 940 0.942
8
Iran
11 4 7 2 1 1 1 2 4 12 16 24 0.666 905 893 1.013
9
Australia
11 4 7 2 1 1 1 1 5 12 15 24 0.625 831 925 0.898
10
Egypt
11 2 9 0 1 1 3 1 5 8 13 30 0.433 889 976 0.910
11
Venezuela
11 1 10 0 0 1 1 3 6 3 8 32 0.250 815 981 0.830
12
Tunisia
11 0 11 0 0 0 2 1 8 2 5 33 0.151 747 924 0.808

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