Overview

Team profile

Japan

Japan are one of only two teams, along with China, to have played in all 24 editions of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix. They will participate in this year’s edition before travelling to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They qualified for this year’s Summer Games by finishing third at the Women’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo.

Last year, Japan finished sixth at the World Grand Prix Finals in Omaha. They reached the podium for the first time in 2014 when they took the silver medal. That followed a fourth place finish in the 2013 edition. Further fourth place finishes came in 1997 and 1994.

Japan won three World Championships and two Olympic golds in the 1960s and ’70s. Their recent successes can be traced back to Manabe's appointment as coach in 2008. They finished third at the 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, taking a first medal in the competition for 32 years, and followed that by claiming bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. However, at the 2014 Women's World Championship they finished equal seventh. They were also fifth at the 2015 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup.

Coach

Manabe Masayoshi

Manabe Masayoshi

Masayoshi Manabe took on Japan's women's team in 2009 and engineered their breakthrough at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, guiding the team to a second place finish in Group 1. They finished a respectable sixth in Group 1 at the 2015 edition.

Manabe also led Japan to a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games and to bronze medals at the 2010 FIVB Volleyball World Championships and 2013 World Grand Champions Cup, both of which were played on home soil.

Before taking over as coach of the national team, Manabe was in charge of Japanese women's club Hisamitsu Springs and was a player-coach with his home country's Nippon Steel Blazers. A setter in his playing days, Manabe represented Japan at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.


Staff

  • Team Manager Arakida Yuko
  • Assistant coach Kawakita Gen
  • Second Assistant Coach Okubo Shigekazu
  • Doctor Obara Kazuhiro (Week3 & Week4)
  • Physiotherapist Miyaguchi Keiko

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
9 8 1 6 2 0 0 1 0 24 25 5 5.000 739 603 1.225
2
China
9 8 1 6 1 1 0 0 1 23 24 6 4.000 701 591 1.186
3
Russia
9 8 1 3 3 2 1 0 0 23 26 10 2.600 833 738 1.128
4
Brazil
9 7 2 3 4 0 1 0 1 22 23 10 2.300 779 674 1.155
5
Netherlands
9 5 4 3 2 0 0 2 2 15 17 14 1.214 709 706 1.004
6
Serbia
9 5 4 1 0 4 1 1 2 12 18 20 0.900 836 854 0.978
7
Italy
9 4 5 1 2 1 2 3 0 13 19 19 1.000 840 818 1.026
8
Japan
9 3 6 2 1 0 3 1 2 12 16 19 0.842 776 783 0.991
9
Turkey
9 3 6 1 1 1 1 2 3 9 13 21 0.619 719 773 0.930
10
Thailand
9 2 7 0 1 1 0 1 6 5 7 24 0.291 611 744 0.821
11
Belgium
9 1 8 0 1 0 1 3 4 4 8 25 0.320 668 771 0.866
12
Germany
9 0 9 0 0 0 0 4 5 0 4 27 0.148 610 766 0.796

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