FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 JPN / Japan

 
Team manager ARAKIDA, Yuko (Mrs.) / MIZUNO, Shuichi
Coach MANABE, Masayoshi
Assistant coach KAWAKITA, Gen
Doctor OBARA, Kazuhiro (Week1 & Week4)
Physiotherapist WAKAMIYA, Keiji
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Miyu Nagaoka Nagaoka 25.07.1991 179 65 310 295 Hisamitsu Springs
  2   Hitomi Nakamichi Nakamichi 18.09.1985 159 53 270 256 Toray Arrows
  C 3 Saori Kimura Saori 19.08.1986 185 65 304 293 Toray Arrows
  4   Arisa Takada Takada 17.02.1987 175 64 290 275 Toray Arrows
  5 Arisa Sato Arisa 18.07.1989 164 53 275 268 Hitachi Rivale
  6   Yuko Sano Sano 26.07.1979 159 54 260 250 Denso Airybees
  7 Mai Yamaguchi Yamaguchi 03.07.1983 176 62 302 290 Okayama Seagulls
  8   Riho Otake Ohtake 23.12.1993 183 65 306 290 Denso Airybees
  9 Mizuho Ishida Ishida 22.01.1988 174 67 301 280 Hisamitsu Springs
  10   Nana Iwasaka Iwasaka 03.07.1990 187 72 300 285 Hisamitsu Springs
  11 Yuka Imamura Imamura 02.09.1993 177 70 296 286 Aoyama Gakuin University
  12   Yuki Ishii Ishii 08.05.1991 180 68 303 286 Hisamitsu Springs
  13 Risa Shinnabe Shinnabe 11.07.1990 173 66 295 268 Hisamitsu Springs
  14   Yukiko Ebata Ebata 07.11.1989 176 67 305 298 Hitachi Rivale
  15 Natsumi Fujita Fujita 05.08.1991 166 50 277 268 Toyota Auto Body Queenseis
  16   Saori Sakoda Sakoda 18.12.1987 175 64 305 279 Toray Arrows
  17 Kana Ono Ohno 30.06.1992 180 70 297 283 NEC Red Rockets
  18   Sayaka Tsutsui Tsutsui 29.09.1992 157 54 260 250 Hisamitsu Springs
  19 Haruka Miyashita Miyashita 01.09.1994 177 61 298 272 Okayama Seagulls
  20   Mami Uchiseto Uchiseto 25.10.1991 170 69 296 285 Hitachi Rivale
  21 Arisa Inoue Inoue 08.05.1995 178 65 297 287 University of Tsukuba
  22   Miyuki Hiramatsu Hiramatsu 22.11.1991 181 66 297 287 Toyota Auto Body Queenseis
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Japan are one of only two teams, along with China, to have played in all 22 editions of the tournament, but they have never stepped on to the podium. They came close last year but had to settle for fourth place, as they did in 1997 and 1994. However, there has been an encouraging improvement over recent seasons. They finished third at the 2010 World Championship, taking a first medal in the competition for 32 years, and followed that by claiming bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. They also finished fourth in the 2011 World Cup, beating Brazil and the United States along the way, and won the Montreux Volley Masters title the same year.

The change of fortune can be traced back to Masayoshi Manabe's arrival in 2008. He brought in new faces and a new approach and the results speak for themselves. The team's return to the Olympic podium two years ago, for a first medal since 1984, sparked volleyball fever across Japan and Manabe has set his sights on victory at the Rio 2016 Games. He recently said: “The future for our national team looks pretty bright.” The star player of the side is indisputably wing-spiker Saori Kimura, who recently re-signed for Japanese side Toray Arrows after a two-year stint in Turkey.

Coach profile

Masayoshi Manabe coached Japan’s women to fourth place in last year’s World Grand Prix, equalling their previous highest finishes in the tournament in 1994 and 1997. He also led the team to bronze medals at both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 World Championship, which was played on home soil.

A setter in his playing career, Manabe represented Japan at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. A year before taking over at the helm of the national team in 2008, he coached Hisamitsu Springs to victory in the Japanese V-League women’s championship, having already completed the feat with Nippon Steel Blazers men’s team in 1996 and 1997.