112
JAPAN
15
th
No.
Players
Name / First Name
Nickname
Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
Caps
WCH OG OTH Total
Club
L 1 Sakai Daisuke
Sakai
22.10.1981
180
75
320
305
5
19
24
JT Thunders
2
Abe Yuta
Abe
08.08.1981
191
85
342
320
26
121
147
Toray Arrows
L 3 Nagano Takeshi
Nagano
11.07.1985
176
69
310
300
5
34
39
Panasonic Panthers
4
Matsuta Yusuke
Matsuta
31.10.1982
200
90
345
340
39
39
Panasonic Panthers
C 5 Usami Daisuke
Usami
29.03.1979
184
88
320
310
5
158
163
Panasonic Panthers
6
Suzuki Yoshifumi
Yoshifumi
31.03.1983
200
98
342
322
5
29
34
Suntory Sunbirds
C 7 Yamamoto Takahiro
Yamamoto
12.07.1978
201
98
345
335
21
149
170
Panasonic Panthers
8
Ageba Yuya
Ageba
30.09.1983
191
70
350
330
15
15
F.C. Tokyo
9
Tomimatsu Takaaki
Tomimatsu
20.07.1984
191
85
350
330
5
106
111
Toray Arrows
L 10 Tanabe Osamu
Tanabe
10.04.1979
181
73
330
300
60
60
Toray Arrows
11
Matsumoto Yoshihiko
Matsumoto
07.01.1981
193
80
340
330
5
5
90
100
Sakai Blazers
12
Yamamura Kota
Yamamura
20.10.1980
205
96
340
320
16
5
164
185
Suntory Sunbirds
13
Shimizu Kunihiro
Shimizu
11.08.1986
192
99
340
320
5
5
92
102
Panasonic Panthers
14
Fukuzawa Tatsuya
Fukuzawa
01.07.1986
189
86
355
345
5
5
81
91
Panasonic Panthers
15
Yako Daisuke
Yako
07.10.1988
193
88
355
330
6
6
JT Thunders
16
Ishijima Yusuke
Gottsu
09.01.1984
197
102
345
335
16
5
115
136
Sakai Blazers
17
Koshikawa Yu
Koshikawa
30.06.1984
189
88
345
330
16
5
126
147
Pallavolo Padova (ITA)
18
Yoneyama Yuta
Yoneyama
29.08.1984
185
80
340
320
5
62
67
Toray Arrows
19
Koshiya Akira
Koshiya
12.06.1979
185
78
345
330
39
39
Toray Arrows
20
Shinoda Ayumu
Shinoda
14.12.1979
194
88
345
315
Toray Arrows
21
Kondoh Shigeru
Kondoh
23.11.1982
187
85
335
315
2
2
Toray Arrows
22
Suga Naoya
Suga
17.05.1985
178
85
325
315
13
13
JT Thunders
23
Suzuki Yuji
Yuji
07.06.1986
189
78
350
330
Toray Arrows
24
Tsukazaki Yuhei
Tsukazaki
11.07.1986
190
74
343
331
JT Thunders
25
Tezuka Dai
Tezuka
18.11.1988
191
90
345
325
F.C. Tokyo
Japan still await recovery
Japan ended the 2012 FIVB World League in
the same position as they ended the 2011 and
2009
editions: 15
th
.
These are the team’s three
worst outcomes in their 18 World League
appearances. Japan were granted a place in the
2012
competition in consideration of the fact
that they had to play all their 2011 games away
from home following the country’s devastating
March 11 earthquake and tsunami. But Japan
were up against three very tough teams in Pool
A: defending champions Russia, Cuba and Serbia.
Japan lost all 12 matches – a first for them – but
managed to pick up four points in four 3-2 losses
(
two against Russia, two against Serbia). They lost
their first match 3-0 to Cuba, but then fought
a tough battle with Russia in Hamamatsu. Japan
lost 3-2, but they did earn the respect of Russia
coach Sergio Busato. “If they play with digging
and blocking like today, they could qualify for
London,” he said. Russian captain Konstantin
Ushakov was also surprised by Japan: “Today
was very difficult for us, and we were surprised
that Japan could control the game so well. I’m
surprised Japan has become such a strong team.”
C=Captain, L=Libero, WCH=World Championships, OG=Olympic Games, OTH=Other
Only players who played in the 2012 World League are listed in black