Overview

Team profile

Japan

Two years before they host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Japan are making their 15th appearance in the history of the FIVB World Championship. This marks their return to the competition after failing to qualify in 2014 - the first edition they had missed in 54 years.
Last time Japan competed in the World Championship was in 2010, when they ranked 13th. Their biggest success in the competition remains their two bronze medals from 1970 and 1974.
Elsewhere, Japan won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, followed by silver at Mexico 1968 and a gold at Munich 1972. 
Japan have been crowned Asian champions nine times (including the last two editions in 2015 and 2017) and have won a total of eight gold medals at the Asian Games. Can they translate this continental success onto the world stage in 2018? 

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 was appointed head coach of Japan’s men's national team in 2017, with a mandate to lead the side to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Staff

  • Team Manager Yajima, Hisanori
  • Assistant coach Blain, Philippe
  • Second Assistant Coach Tsumagari, Katsutoshi,Mayforth, Gordon
  • Doctor Nishino, Tomofumi
  • Physiotherapist Murashima,Yosuke,Tanaka,Hiroshi

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
Italy
5 5 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 15 15 2 7.500 423 326 1.297
2
Belgium
5 3 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 10 11 8 1.375 419 394 1.063
3
Slovenia
5 3 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 9 12 10 1.200 479 463 1.034
4
Argentina
5 2 3 1 0 1 1 2 0 6 10 11 0.909 475 469 1.012
5
Japan
5 2 3 1 0 1 0 2 1 5 8 11 0.727 414 427 0.969
6
Dominican Republic
5 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 15 0.066 267 398 0.670

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