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Japan women's national volleyball team

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FIVB ranking  6 (as of August 2016)
Appearances  12 (First in 1964)
Appearances  15 (First in 1960)
Location  Japan
Home  Away
Best result  (1964, 1976)
Head coach  Kumi Nakada
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Nickname(s)  Hinotori Nippon (火の鳥NIPPON)
Association  Japan Volleyball Association
Similar  Brazil women's national volleyball team, Italy women's national volleyball team, China women's national volleyball team

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The Japan women's national volleyball team (Hinotori Nippon, 火の鳥NIPPON), or All-Japan women's volleyball team, is the volleyball national Team of Japan, currently ranked 5th in the world by FIVB. The current head coach is Kumi Nakada.

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One of their greatest successes was at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, when they defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union on the way to the gold medal. Japan was qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics by winning the Women's Olympic Qualifier that was held from 8 May to 16 May in Tokyo, Japan. In Athens, Greece the Team took fifth place in the overall-rankings.

Finally after almost three decades of medal drought in the Olympics, Japan took home the Bronze medal by defeating South Korea in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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2012 London Olympics

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Japan qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics as the best Asian Team in the 2012 FIVB Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament. In the 2012 Olympics, Japan had been placed on Group A with Russian Republic, Italy, Dominican Republic, the host Great Britain and Algeria. Japan finished third in the Group. In the quarter-finals, Japan faced their old Asian rival China. Saori Kimura and Yukiko Ebata each scored 33 points in this thrilling game in which China were beaten by 3–2. It was their first win over China in 11 years as far as FIVB games are concerned. On 9 August 2012, the Japanese were outplayed by the defending champions Brazil in the semi-finals. On 11 August 2012, Japan beat South Korea 3–0 in the bronze medal match. It is the first Olympics' volleyball medal for the Japanese since the 1984 Summer Olympics. On August 13, 2012, Japan Women's Team was ranked 3rd in the world behind United States women's national volleyball team and Brazil women's national volleyball team.

6 times World Champions

#, & – Twice 3 Straight Major titles in 1960s and 1970s

(World Women's Volleyball Championship, World Cup, Olympic Games)

Olympics Games

  • 1964 – Gold Medal
  • 1968 – Silver Medal
  • 1972 – Silver Medal
  • 1976 – Gold Medal
  • 1984 – Bronze Medal
  • 1988 – 4th place
  • 1992 – 5th place
  • 1996 – 9th place
  • 2004 – 5th place (tied)
  • 2008 – 5th place (tied)
  • 2012 – Bronze Medal
  • 2016 – 5th place (tied)
  • World Championship

  • 1960 – Silver Medal
  • 1962 – Gold Medal
  • 1967 – Gold Medal
  • 1970 – Silver Medal
  • 1974 – Gold Medal
  • 1978 – Silver Medal
  • 1982 – 4th place
  • 1986 – 7th place
  • 1990 – 8th place
  • 1994 – 7th place
  • 1998 – 8th place
  • 2002 – 13th place
  • 2006 – 6th place
  • 2010 – Bronze Medal
  • 2014 – 7th place
  • World Cup

  • 1973 – Silver Medal
  • 1977 – Gold Medal
  • 1981 – Silver Medal
  • 1985 – 4th place
  • 1989 – 4th place
  • 1991 – 7th place
  • 1995 – 6th place
  • 1999 – 6th place
  • 2003 – 5th place
  • 2007 – 7th place
  • 2011 – 4th place
  • 2015 – 5th place
  • FIVB World Grand Prix

  • 1993 – 6th place
  • 1994 – 4th place
  • 1995 – 7th place
  • 1996 – 8th place
  • 1997 – 4th place
  • 1998 – 7th place
  • 1999 – 7th place
  • 2000 – 8th place
  • 2001 – 6th place
  • 2002 – 5th place
  • 2003 – 9th place
  • 2004 – 9th place
  • 2005 – 5th place
  • 2006 – 6th place
  • 2007 – 9th place
  • 2008 – 6th place
  • 2009 – 6th place
  • 2010 – 5th place
  • 2011 – 5th place
  • 2012 – 9th place
  • 2013 – 4th place
  • 2014 – Silver Medal
  • 2015 – 6th place
  • 2016 – 9th place
  • Montreux Volley Masters

  • 2009 – 7th place
  • 2010 – 7th place
  • 2011 – Gold Medal
  • 2013 – 5th place
  • 2014 – 6th place
  • 2015 – Silver Medal
  • Asian Games

  • 1962 – Gold Medal
  • 1966 – Gold Medal
  • 1970 – Gold Medal
  • 1974 – Gold Medal
  • 1978 – Gold Medal
  • 1982 – Silver Medal
  • 1986 – Silver Medal
  • 1990 – Bronze Medal
  • 1994 – Bronze Medal
  • 1998 – Bronze Medal
  • 2002 – Bronze Medal
  • 2006 – Silver Medal
  • 2010 – 6th place
  • 2014 – 4th place
  • Asian Championship

  • 1975 – Gold Medal
  • 1979 – Silver Medal
  • 1983 – Gold Medal
  • 1987 – Silver Medal
  • 1989 – Bronze Medal
  • 1991 – Silver Medal
  • 1993 – Silver Medal
  • 1995 – Bronze Medal
  • 1997 – Bronze Medal
  • 1999 – Bronze Medal
  • 2001 – 4th place
  • 2003 – Silver Medal
  • 2005 – Bronze Medal
  • 2007 – Gold Medal
  • 2009 – Bronze Medal
  • 2011 – Silver Medal
  • 2013 – Silver Medal
  • 2015 – 6th place
  • 2017 -
  • Asian Cup Volleyball Championship

  • 2008 — 4th place
  • 2010 — 4th place
  • 2012 — 5th place
  • 2014 — 4th place
  • 2016 — 4th place
  • Current squad

    The following is the Japanese roster in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    Head coach: TBA

    Former squads

  • 1994 squad:
  • Head coach: Tadayoshi Yokota

  • 1996 Olympic Games9th place (tied)Kaiyo Hoshini, Aki Nagatomi, Kazumi Nakamura, Chieko Nakanishi, Motoko Obayashi, Ikumi Ogake, Mika Saiki, Kiyomi Sakamoto, Asako Tajimi, Chiho Torii, Mika Yamauchi, and Tomoko Yoshihara. Head Coach: Kuniaki Yoshida.
  • 1999 FIVB World Cup6th placeNaomi Eto, Megumi Itabashi, Chikako Kumamae, Hitomi Mitsunaga, Junko Moriyama, Ikumi Ogake, Minako Onuki, Yuka Sakurai, Miki Sasaki, Hiromi Suzuki, Asako Tajimi, and Hiroko Tsukumo. Head Coach: Nobushika Kuzuwa.
  • 2002 World Championship — 14th placeMakiko Horai, Sachiko Kodama, Chikako Kumamae, Hisako Mukai, Kanako Naito, Minako Onuki, Ai Otomo, Kana Oyama, Yuko Sano, Sachiko Sugiyama, Miyuki Takahashi, and Shinako Tanaka. Head Coach: Masahiro Yoshikawa.
  • 2003 FIVB World Cup — 5th placeTomoko Yoshihara, Chie Tsuji, Miki Sasaki, Kanako Omura, Yoshie Takeshita, Miyuki Takahashi, Makiko Horai, Yuko Sano, Sachiko Sugiyama, Saori Kimura, Kana Oyama, and Megumi Kurihara. Head Coach: Shoichi Yanagimoto.
  • 2004 Olympic Qualification Tournament1st place (qualified)Tomoko Yoshihara, Chie Tsuji, Ikumi Narita, Miki Sasaki, Kanako Omura, Yoshie Takeshita, Miyuki Takahashi, Sachiko Sugiyama, Ai Otomo, Kana Oyama, Megumi Kurihara, and Saori Kimura. Head Coach: Shoichi Yanagimoto.
  • 2004 Olympic Games5th place (tied)Tomoko Yoshihara, Chie Tsuji, Ikumi Narita, Miki Sasaki, Kanako Omura, Yoshie Takeshita, Miyuki Takahashi, Sachiko Sugiyama, Ai Otomo, Kana Oyama, Megumi Kurihara, and Saori Kimura. Head Coach: Shoichi Yanagimoto.
  • 2005 FIVB World Grand Prix — 5th placeErika Araki, Makiko Horai, Megumi Itabashi, Ayako Onuma, Ai Otomo, Yuka Sakurai, Miki Shimada, Kaoru Sugayama, Sachiko Sugiyama, Yoshie Takeshita, Miyuki Takahashi, and Chie Yoshizawa. Head Coach: Shoichi Yanagimoto.
  • 2008 Olympic Qualification Tournament3rd place (qualified)Erika Araki, Miyuki Kano, Yuki Kawai, Saori Kimura, Megumi Kurihara, Kanako Omura, Yuka Sakurai, Yuko Sano, Miyuki Takahashi, Sachiko Sugiyama, Yoshie Takeshita, and Asako Tajimi. Head Coach: Shoichi Yanagimoto.
  • 2008 Olympic Games5th place (tied)Erika Araki, Miyuki Kano, Yuki Kawai, Saori Kimura, Megumi Kurihara, Kanako Omura, Yuka Sakurai, Yuko Sano, Miyuki Takahashi, Sachiko Sugiyama, Yoshie Takeshita, and Asako Tajimi. Head Coach: Shoichi Yanagimoto.
  • 2010 World Championship — 3rd placeMegumi Kurihara, Hitomi Nakamichi, Yoshie Takeshita, Kaori Inoue, Ai Yamamoto, Yuko Sano, Mai Yamaguchi, Mizuho Ishida, Erika Araki, Saori Kimura, Yukiko Ebata, Saori Sakoda, Akiko Ino, and Kanari Hamaguchi, Head Coach: Masayoshi Manabe.
  • 2012 Olympic GamesBronze MedalErika Araki(c), Saori Kimura, Yoshie Takeshita, Yukiko Ebata, Kaori Inoue, Ai Otomo, Yuko Sano, Mai Yamaguchi, Risa Shinnabe, Saori Sakoda, Maiko Kano, and Hitomi Nakamichi, Head Coach: Masayoshi Manabe.
  • 2014 World Championship
  • References

    Japan women's national volleyball team Wikipedia