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Japan national basketball team

The Japan national basketball team is administered by the Japan Basketball Association (JBA). (Japanese: 日本バスケットボール協会)[2] A 1936 founding member of FIBA Asia, Japan has one of Asia's longest basketball traditions.

Japan Japan
JBA team crest.png
FIBA ranking38 Increase 10 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1936
FIBA zoneFIBA Asia
National federationJapan Basketball Association
CoachJulio Lamas
Olympic Games
Appearances6
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
Appearances6
MedalsNone
Asian Championships
Appearances28
MedalsGold medal asia.svg Gold: (1965, 1971)
Silver medal asia.svg Silver: (1969, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1997)
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze: (1960, 1967, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1995)
Asian Games
Appearances16
MedalsSilver medal asia.svg Silver: (1951, 1962)
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze: (1954, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2014)
Former logo of the Japan Basketball Association JABBA
Japan against China at the 1923 Far Eastern Games.
Takuya Kawamura has drawn the interest of scouts worldwide
Kosuke Takeuchi has been the face of the national team for many years

Japan has one of the most successful basketball teams in Asia. It has won the Asian Basketball Championships twice and is the second leading nation in qualifications to the event. The team qualified for the Olympic Games six times and for the FIBA World Cup four times.

Japan has traditionally brought forth several of Asia's elite basketball players who competed in the NBA and in Europe. These players include Yuta Tabuse, J.R. Sakuragi, Takuya Kawamura, Takumi Ishizaki and others. However, for about two decades, they rarely played for the national team, which caused Team Japan to fall behind Asia's elite competition from Iran, South Korea, the Philippines and China.

In 2014, Yuta Tabuse and several of Japan's top players returned to the national team and helped to reach its best finish in almost 20 years.

HistoryEdit

Japan's national team had its first international tournament at the 3rd Far Eastern Games held in Tokyo in 1917. Japan representative at this time was the team of the Kyoto YMCA. Later, the team was a founding member of the Olympics Basketball competition in Berlin 1936. Henceforth, they participated almost every time until 1976. Team Japan was a regular at world tournaments. It had its debut at the FIBA World Championship in 1963. It was the top team in Asia, as it won the championship there in 1965 and 1971. Since the rise of China, Japan declined a little bit and appearances at global events became scarcer.

As runner-up at the Fukuoka Universiade in 1995, Team Nippon (as the Japanese are also called) had a streak of success and qualified for the 1998 FIBA World Championship, its first qualification in over 30 years. Coached by the Croat Željko Pavličević, the team played well but did not make it out of the primary round, where it lost its fourth-place battle against former Semi-finalist New Zealand.

In recent years, Japan played against more intense competition from the Middle East. Combined with many player absences from the team, Team Nippon struggled to win medals at the Asian Championships since its silver medal in 1997. At the 2008 event in their home country (Tokushima), the team finished at the 8th position and missed qualification for both the Beijing Olympic Tournament and qualification to the 2010 FIBA World Championship. At the 2009 FIBA Asia tournament the team sank to No. 10 position, its worst performance. This was partly due to the change of the head coach just before the tournament.

To better the results, the American coach Thomas Wisman took over the management of the team in 2010 and made some considerable improvements. Wisman just came off a phenomenal year in the Japanese Basketball League (JBL) where he had led Tochigi Brex to its first and only national title. At the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in 2010, Team Nippon was defeated by host Lebanon but exceeded expectations as it finished as runner-up. At the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, the listed goal of the Final Four was missed as the team reached the 7th position out of 15. The team managed to defeat finalists, Jordan, but then had to play Korea in the first playoff round and were defeated.

In March 2012, the Japan Association dismissed Wissmann and the country's coaching legend Kimikazu Suzuki took over the reins of the team. Suzuki, concurrently coaching the Aisin SeaHorses Mikawa had initial success as Team Nippon finished Runner-up at the next FIBA Asian Cup which was held in Tokyo in September 2012. Aimed at the acquisition of a 2014 FIBA World Cup berth, the team finished the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship at the 9th position where it lost its last three games. They will co-host the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup along with Philippines and Indonesia.

Competitive recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Position Tournament Host
1936 9 Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Berlin, Germany
1956 10 Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics Melbourne, Australia
1960 15 Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Rome, Italy
1964 10 Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan
1972 14 Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics Munich, Germany
1976 11 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada
2020 Qualified as host[3] Basketball at the 2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan

FIBA Basketball World CupEdit

FIBA World Cup Record
Year Position Pld W L
  1950 Did not qualify
  1954
  1959
  1963 Preliminary round 3 1 2
  1967 Classification round 8 2 6
  1970 Did not qualify
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994
  1998 Classification round 4 0 4
  2002 Did not qualify
  2006 Preliminary round 5 1 4
  2010 Did not qualify
  2014
  2019 Preliminary round 3 0 3
  /   /   2023 Qualified as co-hosts
Total 11th place 0 0 0

Asian ChampionshipEdit

Year Rank P W L PF PA PD
  1960
  1963
  1965
  1967
  1969
  1971
  1973
  1975
  1977
  1979
  1981
  1983
  1985
  1987
  1989
  1991
  1993
  1995
  1997
  1999
  2001
  2003
  2005
  2007
  2009
  2011
  2013
  2015
  2017
Total /29

FIBA Asia CupEdit

Year Position Tournament Host
1960   1960 ABC Championship Manila, Philippines
1963 1963 ABC Championship Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
1965   1965 ABC Championship Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1967   1967 ABC Championship Seoul, South Korea
1969   1969 ABC Championship Bangkok, Thailand
1971   1971 ABC Championship Tokyo, Japan
1973 4 1973 ABC Championship Manila, Philippines
1975   1975 ABC Championship Bangkok, Thailand
1977   1977 ABC Championship Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1979   1979 ABC Championship Nagoya, Japan
1981   1981 ABC Championship Calcutta, India
1983   1983 ABC Championship Hong Kong
1985 5 1985 ABC Championship Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1987   1987 ABC Championship Bangkok, Thailand
1989 4 1989 ABC Championship Beijing, China
1991   1991 ABC Championship Kobe, Japan
1993 7 1993 ABC Championship Jakarta, Indonesia
1995   1995 ABC Championship Seoul, South Korea
1997   1997 ABC Championship Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1999 5 1999 ABC Championship Fukuoka, Japan
2001 6 2001 ABC Championship Shanghai, China
2003 6 2003 ABC Championship Harbin, China
2005 5 2005 FIBA Asia Championship Doha, Qatar
2007 8 2007 FIBA Asia Championship Tokushima, Japan
2009 10 2009 FIBA Asia Championship Tianjin, China
2011 7 2011 FIBA Asia Championship Wuhan, China
2013 9 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Manila, Philippines
2015 4 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Changsha, China
2017 9 2017 FIBA Asia Cup Beirut, Lebanon

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

This is the Japan national basketball team for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Japan national basketball team – 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 3 Ando, Seiya 26 – (1993-07-15)July 15, 1993 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Alvark Tokyo  
SG 9 Ando, Shuto 25 – (1994-06-13)June 13, 1994 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Nagoya Diamond Dolphins  
SF 18 Baba, Yudai 23 – (1995-11-07)November 7, 1995 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Dallas Mavericks  
C 22 Fazekas, Nick 34 – (1985-06-17)June 17, 1985 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders  
PF 8 Hachimura, Rui 21 – (1998-02-08)February 8, 1998 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Washington Wizards  
SG 6 Hiejima, Makoto 29 – (1990-08-11)August 11, 1990 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Utsunomiya Brex  
C 32 Schafer, Avi 21 – (1998-01-28)January 28, 1998 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Shiga Lakestars  
PG 7 Shinoyama, Ryusei 31 – (1988-07-20)July 20, 1988 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders  
PF 15 Takeuchi, Joji 34 – (1985-01-29)January 29, 1985 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Alvark Tokyo  
PF 10 Takeuchi, Kosuke 34 – (1985-01-29)January 29, 1985 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Utsunomiya Brex  
SG 24 Tanaka, Daiki 27 – (1991-09-03)September 3, 1991 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Alvark Tokyo  
SF 12 Watanabe, Yuta 22 – (1996-10-27)October 27, 1996 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Memphis Grizzlies  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2019

Depth ChartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Nick Fazekas Kosuke Takeuchi Avi Schafer
PF Rui Hachimura Joji Takeuchi
SF Yuta Watanabe Yudai Baba
SG Daiki Tanaka Seiya Ando Shuto Ando
PG Ryusei Shinoyama Makoto Hiejima

Team BEdit

Japan men's national basketball team B – 2019 William Jones Cup roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 1 Koh Flippin 23 – (1996-05-20)20 May 1996 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Chiba Jets  
PG 3 Seiya Ando 27 – (1992-07-15)15 July 1992 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Alvark Tokyo  
PG 5 Kai Toews 20 – (1998-09-17)17 September 1998 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) UNC Wilmington  
SG 13 Shuto Ando 25 – (1994-06-13)13 June 1994 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Nagoya Diamond Dolphins  
SG 15 Tomoki Hoshino 21 – (1997-11-05)5 November 1997 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Hakuoh University  
SF 21 Kosuke Hashimoto 26 – (1993-05-06)6 May 1993 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Utsunomiya Brex  
PF 25 Gen Hiraiwa 21 – (1997-12-05)5 December 1997 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Tokai University  
C 28 Nyika Williams (NP) 31 – (1987-07-09)9 July 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Akita Happinets  
PG 29 Taichi Nakamura 21 – (1997-06-29)29 June 1997 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Hosei University  
SF 30 Haruta Ogawa 18 – (2001-01-30)30 January 2001 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
C 32 Avi Schafer 21 – (1998-01-28)28 January 1998 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Shiga Lakestars  
PF 34 Hugh Watanabe 20 – (1998-12-23)23 December 1998 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Portland University  
SF 88 Tenketsu Harimoto 25 – (1992-01-08)8 January 1992 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Nagoya Diamond Dolphins  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (NP) Naturalized player
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 15 July 2019

Other notable playersEdit

Other current notable players from Japan:

Japan roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG Yuta Tabuse 37 – (1980-10-05)5 October 1980 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Link Tochigi Brex  

Legend
  • Club – describes current club
  • Age – describes age on 14 February 2018

Head coachesEdit

Past rostersEdit

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1936 Olympic Games: finished 13th among 21 teams

Riichi Cho, T.Nakae, S.Ri, K.Yokoyama, T.Kanakogi, M.Maeda, U.Munakata, S.Matsui

1956 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 15 teams

Setsuo Nara, Jose Rodriguez, Kenichi Imaizumi, Hiroshi Saito, Reizo Ohira, Hitoshi Konno, Takashi Itoyama, Manabu Fujita, Takeo Sugiyama, Tetsuro Noborisaka, Riichi Arai (Coach: M.Maeda)

1960 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 16 teams

Setsuo Nara, Shutaro Shoji, Hiroshi Saito, Takashi Itoyama, Takeo Sugiyama, Kenichi Imaizumi, Yasukuni Oshima, Shoji Kamata, Masashi Shiga, Takashi Masuda, Kaoru Wakabayashi, Hideo Kanekawa (Coach: M.Maeda)

1963 World Championship: finished 13th among 13 teams

Setsuo Nara, Takashi Masuda, Masashi Shiga, Yasukuni Oshima, Kaoru Wakabayashi, Keizo Okayama, Isamu Yamaguchi, Yoshikuni Awano, Fumihiko Moroyama, Katsuji Tsunoda, Kunihiko Nakamura, Yoshitaka Egawa (Coach: Shiro Yoshii)

1964 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 16 teams

Takashi Masuda, Setsuo Nara, Masashi Shiga, Kaoru Wakabayashi, Fumihiko Moroyama, Katsuji Tsunoda, Kunihiko Nakamura, Yoshitaka Egawa, Nobuo Kaiho, Akira Kodama, Katsuo Bai, Seiji Fujie (Coach: Marco Antonio de Venetis)

1967 World Championship: finished 11th among 13 teams

Kaoru Wakabayashi, Fumihiko Moroyama, Kunihiko Nakamura, Yoshitaka Egawa, Akira Kodama, Masatomo Taniguchi, Nobuo Hattori, Kenji Soda, Masahiko Yoshida, Isao Kimura, Seiji Igarashi (Coach: Shutaro Shoji)

1972 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 16 teams

Kenji Soda, Masatomo Taniguchi, Nobuo Hattori, Kunihiko Yokoyama, Atsushi Somamoto, Hirofumi Numata, Shigeaki Abe, Mineo Yoshikawa, Kazufumi Sakai, Nobuo Chigusa, Satoshi Mori, Katsuhiko Sugita (Coach: S.Kasahara)

1976 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams

Hirofumi Numata, Shigeaki Abe, Satoshi Mori, Norihiko Kitahara, Hideki Hamaguchi, Kiyohide Kuwata, Koji Yamamoto, Yutaka Fujimoto, Shigeto Shimizu, Fumio Saito, Nobuo Chigusa, Shoji Yuki (Coach: Masahiko Yoshida)

1998 World Championship: finished 14th among 16 teams

Kenichi Sako, Maikeru Takahashi, Akifumi Yamasaki, Hiroshi Nagano, Makoto Hasegawa, Takehiko Orimo, Satoshi Sakumoto, Hiroyuki Tominaga, Takahiro Setsumasa, Makoto Minamiyama, Takeshi Yuki, Satoru Furuta (Coach: Mototaka Kohama)

2006 World Championship: finished 20th among 24 teams

Takehiko Orimo, Satoru Furuta, Takahiro Setsumasa, Shunsuke Ito, Joji Takeuchi, Kei Igarashi, Shinsuke Kashiwagi, Daiji Yamada, Ryota Sakurai, Kosuke Takeuchi, Takuya Kawamura, Tomoo Amino (Coach: Zeljko Pavlicevic)

Roster for the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments:[6]

Japan men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
PG 0 Tabuse, Yuta 35 – (1980-10-05)5 October 1980 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Link Tochigi Brex  
PG 3 Tsuji, Naoto 26 – (1989-09-08)8 September 1989 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Toshiba BT  
SG 6 Hiejima, Makoto 24 – (1990-08-11)11 August 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Aisin SeaHorses Mikawa  
C 8 Ota, Atsuya 32 – (1984-04-06)6 April 1984 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Higashimikawa Phoenix  
C 10 Takeuchi, Kosouke 31 – (1985-01-29)29 January 1985 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Hiroshima Dragonflies  
PG 11 Hashimoto, Ryoma 28 – (1988-05-11)11 May 1988 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Aisin SeaHorses Mikawa  
F 12 Watanabe, Yuta 21 – (1994-10-13)13 October 1994 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) George Washington Colonials  
C 15 Takeuchi, Joji 31 – (1985-01-29)29 January 1985 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Hitachi SR  
G 16 Matsui, Keijuro 30 – (1985-10-16)16 October 1985 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Toyota Alvark  
SG 25 Furukawa, Takatoshi 28 – (1987-10-20)20 October 1987 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Link Tochigi Brex  
SF 34 Ono, Ryumo 28 – (1988-01-06)6 January 1988 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Chiba Jets  
G 42 Hirose, Kenta 26 – (1989-08-29)29 August 1989 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Hitachi SR  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on July 4, 2016

At the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge.[7]

Japan men's national basketball team - 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 3 Naoto Tsuji 27 – (1989-09-08)8 September 1989 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders  
PF 5 Yuki Mitsuhara 26 – (1989-12-12)12 December 1989 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Sunrockers Shibuya  
PG 6 Makoto Hiejima 26 – (1990-08-11)11 August 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Seahorses Mikawa  
PG 7 Ryusei Shinoyama 28 – (1988-07-20)20 July 1988 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders  
C 8 Atsuya Ota 32 – (1984-06-04)4 June 1984 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) San en Neophoneix  
PG 11 Ryoma Hashimoto 28 – (1988-05-11)11 May 1988 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Seahorses Mikawa  
SF 20 Takanobu Nishikawa 24 – (1992-01-14)14 January 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Levanga Hokkiado  
PG 22 Yuma Fujii 24 – (1991-12-23)23 December 1991 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders  
SG 25 Takatoshi Furukawa 28 – (1987-10-20)20 October 1987 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Tochigi Brex  
PF 35 Ira Brown 34 – (1982-08-03)3 August 1982 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Sunrockers Shibuya  
PF 43 Yuya Nagayoshi 25 – (1991-07-14)14 July 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Kawasaki Brave Thunders  
SF 88 Tenketsu Harimoto 24 – (1992-01-08)8 January 1992 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Nagoya Diamond Dolphins  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 9 September 2016

KitEdit

ManufacturerEdit

2015-2017: Under Armour [8]

Edit

2015: Xebio [8]
2016: Sportsnavi live
2017: SoftBank [9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/FIBA/fibaStru/nfLeag/nfProf.asp?nationalFederationNumber=309
  3. ^ "Japan launch search for new coach after Hasegawa departure". FIBA. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. "The JBA is not guaranteed participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as the host country and has already begun a restructuring (of the program) and strengthening activities towards the 2019 FIBA World Cup and 2020 and beyond," Higashino said.
  4. ^ "Japan hoops set to hire Hasegawa". The Japan Times. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Japan launch search for new coach after Hasegawa departure". FIBA. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  6. ^ http://www.fiba.com/oqt/serbia/2016/news/japan-select-12-men-to-chase-olympic-dream
  7. ^ Japan - FIBA Asia Challenge 2016, FIBA.COM. Accessed 13 February 2017.
  8. ^ a b 2015 FIBA Asia Championship - Japan, FIBA.com, Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  9. ^ Fiba Asia Cup 2017, FIBA.com, accessed 21 August 2017.

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