Japan men's national volleyball team

The Japan men's national volleyball team represents Japan in international volleyball competitions and friendly matches. Their nickname is "RYUJIN NIPPON (龍神 NIPPON) ", meaning "Japanese Dragon God" or "Dragon God of Japan" in Japanese.[1] Japan won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, followed by silver at Mexico 1968 and a gold at Munich 1972. The years after this have been less successful. Japan missed three successive Olympic Games before returning at Beijing 2008, where they failed to win a match. Japan then failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games and also missed Rio 2016 after finishing seventh at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo. They also failed to qualify for the 2014 FIVB World Championship the first edition they had missed in 54 years. They had previously won FIVB World Championship bronze medals in 1970 and 1974. Japan silver medalists at the 1969 and 1977 World Cup. Japan has been less successful in the World League era. The team has won the Asian Championships nine times and the Asian Games eight times.

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Nickname(s)RYUJIN NIPPON
AssociationJapan Volleyball Association
ConfederationAVC
Head coachFrance Philippe Blain
FIVB ranking? (as of November 26, 2021)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Third
Summer Olympics
Appearances9 (First in 1964)
Best resultGold medal.svg (1972)
World Championship
Appearances16 (First in 1960)
Best resultBronze (1970, 1974)
www.jva.or.jp/en/senior_men/ (in English)

Results

 
Japan national team fans in World Championship 2010

Olympic Games

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1964 Round robin 3rd place 9 7 2 22 12 Squad
  1968 Round robin Runners-up 9 7 2 24 6 Squad
  1972 Final Champions 7 7 0 21 3 Squad
  1976 Semifinals 4th place 5 2 3 8 9 Squad
  1980 Did not participate
due to US-led boycott
  1984 Preliminary round 7th place 6 4 2 12 6 Squad
  1988 Preliminary round 10th place 7 2 5 10 17 Squad
  1992 Preliminary round 6th place 8 3 5 13 20 Squad
  1996 Did not qualify
  2000
  2004
  2008 Preliminary round 11th place 5 0 5 4 15 Squad
  2012 Did not qualify
  2016
  2020 Quarterfinals 7th place 6 3 3 10 12 Squad
  2024 Future event
  2028
  2032
Total 1 Title 9/15 62 35 27 124 100

World Championship

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World Championship record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1949 Did not participate
  1952
  1956
  1960 Final Group 8th place 9 2 7 8 18 Squad
  1962 Final Group 5th place 9 5 4 21 20 Squad
  1966 Group Round 5th place 7 4 3 17 17 Squad
  1970 Semifinals 3rd place 11 9 2 30 8 Squad
  1974 Semifinals 3rd place 11 9 2 28 13 Squad
  1978 Second round 11th places 9 5 4 19 15 Squad
  1982 Semifinals 4th place 9 7 2 22 10 Squad
  1986 Second round 10th place 9 2 7 9 23 Squad
  1990 First round 11th place 4 1 3 3 9 Squad
  1994 Last 16 9th place 4 1 3 4 11 Squad
  1998 Preliminary round 15th place 10 2 8 15 24 Squad
  2002 Second round 9th place 6 2 4 11 15 Squad
  2006 5th–8th semifinals 8th place 13 7 6 26 27 Squad
  2010 Second round 13th place 5 1 4 5 14 Squad
  2014 Did not qualify
    2018 First round 17th place 8 3 5 8 11 Squad
  2022 Qualified
Total 0 Title 16/20 124 60 64 226 235

World Cup

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1965 Semifinals 4th place 7 3 4 13 17 Squad
  1969 Final Runners-up 8 6 2 20 12 Squad
  1977 Final Runners-up 8 5 3 19 14 Squad
  1981 Second round 6th place 7 2 5 12 15 Squad
  1985 Seventh round 6th place 7 2 5 9 15 Squad
  1989 Seventh round 6th place 7 2 5 10 16 Squad
  1991 Matches for places 1-6 4th place 5 1 4 7 13 Squad
  1995 Fourth round 5th place 11 7 4 21 13 Squad
  1999 Fourth round 10th place 11 3 8 16 27 Squad
  2003 Fourth round 9th place 11 3 8 14 27 Squad
  2007 Fourth round 9th place 11 3 8 14 26 Squad
  2011 Fourth round 10th place 11 2 9 12 28 Squad
  2015 Third round 10th place 11 5 6 21 21 Squad
  2019 Third round 4th place 11 8 3 26 16 Squad
  2023 Future event
Total 0 Title 14/14 126 52 74 214 260

World Grand Champions Cup

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World Grand Champions record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1993 Round Robin 4th place 5 2 3 9 10 Squad
  1997 Round Robin 5th place 5 1 4 8 12 Squad
  2001 Round Robin 5th place 5 1 4 4 14 Squad
  2005 Round Robin 4th place 5 2 3 8 13 Squad
  2009 Round Robin 3rd place 5 3 2 9 11 Squad
  2013 Round Robin 6th place 5 0 5 1 15 Squad
  2017 Round Robin 6th place 5 0 5 2 15 Squad
  2021 Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Total 0 Titles 7/7 35 9 26 41 90

World League

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

World League record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1990 Intercontinental round 6th Place 12 5 7 16 23 Squad
  1991 Intercontinental Round 7th Place 16 5 11 22 38 Squad
  1992 Intercontinental Round 10th Place 12 2 10 13 31 Squad
  1993 Intercontinental Round 6th place 20 10 10 36 41 Squad
  1994 Intercontinental Round 8th Place 12 4 8 16 26 Squad
  1995 Intercontinental Round 8th Place 12 4 8 18 27 Squad
  1996 Intercontinental Round 9th Place 12 3 9 16 31 Squad
  1997 Intercontinental Round 121th Place 12 0 12 3 36 Squad
  1998 Did not participate
  1999
  2000
  2001 Intercontinental Round 9th place 12 3 9 15 28 Squad
  2002 Intercontinental Round 13th place 12 1 11 11 34 Squad
  2003 Intercontinental Round 13th place 12 3 9 16 31 Squad
  2004 Intercontinental Round 10th place 12 0 12 8 36 Squad
  2005 Intercontinental Round 10th place 12 2 10 9 32 Squad
  2006 Intercontinental Round 13th place 12 1 11 11 33 Squad
  2007 Intercontinental Round 13th place 12 3 9 17 32 Squad
  2008 Pool play 6th Place 14 5 9 22 34 Squad
  2009 Intercontinental Round 15th place 12 3 9 13 31 Squad
  2010 Did not qualify
  2011 Intercontinental Round 15th place 12 1 11 10 35 Squad
  2012 Intercontinental Round 15th place 12 0 12 11 36 Squad
  2013 Intercontinental Round 18th place 10 3 7 16 25 Squad
  2014 Intercontinental Round 19th place 12 1 11 8 35 Squad
  2015 Intercontinental Round 13th place 12 5 7 19 23 Squad
  2016 Intercontinental Round 24th place 9 2 7 14 21 Squad
  2017 Group Final Round 14th place 11 6 5 24 23 Squad
Total 0 Titles 24/28 296 72 224 364 742

Nations League

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Nations League record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  2018 Preliminary round 12th Place 15 6 9 23 37 Squad
  2019 Preliminary Round 10th Place 15 7 8 29 29 Squad
  2021 Preliminary Round 11th Place 15 7 8 25 31 Squad
Total 0 Titles 3/3 45 20 25 77 97

Asian Championship

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Asian Championship record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1975 Final Champions 6 6 0 18 1 Squad
  1979 Championship Round 3rd place 5 3 2 12 6 Squad
  1983 Final Champions 7 7 0 N/A N/A Squad
  1987 Final Champions N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Squad
  1989 Final Runners-up N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Squad
  1991 Final Champions N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Squad
  1993 Semifinals 3rd place 5 4 1 13 5 Squad
  1995 Final Champions 5 5 0 N/A N/A Squad
  1997 Final Runners-up N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Squad
  1999 Championship round 4th place 6 4 2 13 11 Squad
  2001 Semifinals 3rd place 5 4 1 12 6 Squad
  2003 Quarterfinals 6th place 6 3 3 12 11 Squad
  2005 Final Champions 8 7 1 23 6 Squad
  2007 Final Runners-up 7 5 2 17 7 Squad
  2009 Final Champions 8 8 0 24 4 Squad
  2011 Quarterfinals 5th place 7 4 3 15 13 Squad
  2013 Semifinals 4th place 8 5 3 17 9 Squad
  2015 Final Champions 9 5 4 20 17 Squad
  2017 Final Champions 9 7 2 25 7 Squad
  2019 Semifinals 3rd place 9 7 2 25 10 Squad
  2021 Final Runners-up 8 6 2 19 8 Squad
Total 9 Titles 21/21 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Asian Games

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Asian Games record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1958 Final Champions 4 4 0 12 2 Squads
  1962 Final Champions 7 7 0 21 4 Squads
  1966 Final Champions 8 8 0 26 0 Squads
  1970 Final Champions 7 7 0 21 0 Squads
  1974 Final Champions 5 5 0 15 1 Squads
  1978 Final Runners-up 9 8 1 24 4 Squads
  1982 Final Champions 6 6 0 18 1 Squads
  1986 Final Round 4th place 8 4 4 22 9 Squads
  1990 Semifinals 3rd place 5 3 2 11 6 Squads
  1994 Final Champions 5 4 1 13 5 Squads
  1998 Final Round 4th place 6 3 3 13 9 Squads
  1990 Semifinals 3rd place 5 3 2 10 10 Squads
  2006 Quarterfinals 5th place 3 2 1 6 5 Squads
  2010 Final Champions 10 8 2 27 9 Squads
  2014 Final Runners-up 9 8 1 25 8 Squads
  2018 Quarterfinals 5th place 5 4 1 14 10 Squads
Total 8 Titles 16/16 102 84 18 278 83

Asian Cup

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Asian Cup record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  2008 Semifinals 4th place 6 4 2 12 11 Squad
  2010 Quarterfinals 8th place 6 0 6 4 18 Squad
  2012 Semifinals 3rd place 6 5 1 15 1 Squad
  2014 Quarterfinals 6th place 6 1 5 5 17 Squad
  2016 Semifinals 3rd place 6 3 3 13 11 Squad
  2018 Semifinals 3rd place 5 2 3 10 12 Squad
Total 0 Titles 6/6 35 15 20 59 70

Goodwill Games

  Champions    Runners up    Third place    Fourth place

Goodwill Games record
Year Round Position GP MW ML SW SL Squad
  1986 Semifinals 3rd place N/A
  1990 Did not participate
Total 0 Titles 1/2 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Team

Current squad

The following is the team roster for the 2021 Asian Men's Volleyball Championship.[2]
Head coach:   Yuichi Nakagaichi

No. Name Position Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2021–22 club
2 Taishi Onodera MB 27 February 1996 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 346 cm (136 in) 323 cm (127 in)   JT Thunders
3 Naonobu Fujii S 5 January 1992 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 312 cm (123 in) 297 cm (117 in)   Toray Arrows
4 Issei Otake OS 3 December 1995 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 327 cm (129 in)   Panasonic Panthers
5 Tatsunori Otsuka WS/OH 5 November 2000 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 338 cm (133 in) 325 cm (128 in)   Waseda University
6 Akihiro Yamauchi MB 30 November 1993 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 335 cm (132 in)   Panasonic Panthers
7 Kenta Takanashi WS/OH 25 March 1997 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 337 cm (133 in) 320 cm (130 in)   Wolf Dogs Nagoya
9 Taichi Fukuyama MB 20 December 1993 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 335 cm (132 in) 325 cm (128 in)   JTEKT Stings
12 Ran Takahashi WS/OH 2 September 2001 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 72 kg (159 lb) 343 cm (135 in) 315 cm (124 in)   Nippon Sport Science University
13 Masaki Oya S 23 April 1995 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 70 kg (150 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 310 cm (120 in)   Suntory Sunbirds
14 Yūki Ishikawa (c) WS/OH 11 December 1995 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 351 cm (138 in) 327 cm (129 in)   Power Volley Milano
15 Haku Lee MB 27 December 1990 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 344 cm (135 in) 330 cm (130 in)   Toray Arrows
17 Tomohiro Ogawa L 4 July 1996 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 66 kg (146 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 270 cm (110 in)   Wolf Dogs Nagoya
19 Kento Miyaura OS 22 February 1999 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 339 cm (133 in) 320 cm (130 in)   JTEKT Stings
20 Tomohiro Yamamoto L 5 November 1994 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) 69 kg (152 lb) 301 cm (119 in) 299 cm (118 in)   Sakai Blazers

Former squads

Coach history

List from 1965 until now:

Kit providers

The table below shows the history of kit providers for the Japan national volleyball team.

Period Kit provider
2000– Asics

Sponsorship

Primary sponsors include: main sponsors like Shiseido other sponsors: Japanet, Molten, All Nippon Airways, Suntory, JTEKT, Nisshin Steel, Nippon Life, Marudai, Mizuno, Meiji Seika, Descente, Mikasa and Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical.

 
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Stadium

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and Yoyogi National Gymnasium Japan national team training and hosting venues.

Media

Japan's matches and friendlies are currently televised by Nippon TV, GAORA and NHK.

See also

References

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