FIVB - Volleyball World League

TEAM COMPOSITION


 JPN / Japan

 
Team manager INOUE,Yosihiro
Coach NAMBU, Masashi
Assistant coach SHIMBO, Koichiro
Doctor NISHINO, Tomofumi
Physiotherapist OGATA, Masaru
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  C 1 Kunihiro Shimizu Shimizu 11.08.1986 193 94 345 335 Panasonic Panthers
  2   Daisuke Sakai Sakai 22.10.1981 180 76 320 305 Suntory Sunbirds
  3 Kentaro Takahashi Takahashi 08.02.1995 201 103 351 338 Toray Arrows
  4   Koichiro Koga Koga 30.08.1984 171 75 310 300 Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza
  5 Yoshifumi Suzuki Suzuki 31.03.1983 200 95 340 300 Suntory Sunbirds
  6   Akihiro Fukatsu Fukatsu 23.07.1987 183 68 334 315 JT Thunders
  7 Masashi Kuriyama Kuriyama 14.07.1988 190 89 340 330 Suntory Sunbirds
  8   Yuki Ishikawa Ishikawa 11.12.1995 191 84 351 327 Japan Volleyball Association
  9 Yuta Abe Abe 08.08.1981 191 85 342 320 Suntory Sunbirds
  10   Daisuke Yako Yako 07.10.1988 193 87 335 325 JT Thunders
  11 Takaaki Tomimatsu Tomimatsu 20.07.1984 192 85 350 330 Toray Arrows
  12   Akihiro Yamauchi Yamauchi 30.11.1993 204 80 353 335 Panasonic Panthers
  13 Hideomi Fukatsu Fukatsu 01.06.1990 180 70 325 305 Panasonic Panthers
  14   Shunsuke Chijiki Chijiki 06.09.1989 194 89 340 320 Sakai Blazers
  15 Masahiro Yanagida Yanagida 06.07.1992 186 79 328 301 Japan Volleyball Association
  16   Takashi Dekita Dekita 13.08.1991 200 94 346 331 Sakai Blazers
  L 17 Takeshi Nagano Nagano 11.07.1985 176 65 315 300 Panasonic Panthers
  18   Yuki Suzuki Suzuki 29.05.1997 201 75 340 325 Tokai University
  19 Hiroaki Asano Asano 06.10.1990 178 67 326 313 JTEKT Stings
  20   Sogo Watanabe Watanabe 21.07.1990 196 83 335 320 Panasonic Panthers
  21 Shunsuke Inoue Inoue 04.06.1985 190 78 333 320 JT Thunders
  22   Yuta Matsuoka Matsuoka 06.11.1989 192 72 335 325 Sakai Blazers
  23 Yuichiro Komiya Komiya 16.11.1992 192 83 345 315 Toray Arrows
  24   Kenya Fujinaka Fujinaka 25.07.1993 190 80 340 320 Senshu University
  25 Yasunari Kodama Kodama 24.07.1994 192 80 336 305 University Of Tsukuba
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Japan are competing in their 22nd World League and their best performances were sixth-place finishes in 2008, 1993 and 1990. Last time out they finished joint-bottom of Group 2 with Korea after winning just one of their Pool D matches, exiting the competition at the first stage. They failed to qualify for the 2014 World Championship, the first edition they have missed in 44 years. Coach Masashi Nambu was appointed in February 2014 with the dual mission of qualifying for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, while also bringing on the young players who will be hoping to shine at Tokyo 2020. His team's 2014 season finished with the Asian Games, where they took the silver medal after losing to Iran in the final. 

Japan joined the FIVB in 1951 and have long been one of the strongest sides on their continent, winning the Asian Championship seven times and the Asian Games eight times. They took part in the World Championship for the first time in 1960, heralding an era of success. They won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and silver at Mexico 1968 before taking gold at Munich 1972. But the subsequent decades have proved less fruitful and they missed three successive Olympic Games before returning to the stage at Beijing 2008 where they failed to win a match.
Coach profile

Masashi Nambu has been Japan's men's national team coach since February 2014. That year he led the team to a silver medal at the Asian Games and an equal-11th finish in Group 2 of the World League. Nambu has aimed to build a strong platform for Japan for future Olympic Games success while in his role as head coach. Nambu, who was born in Osaka, also coached the club side Matsushita Panasonic Panthers from 2002 to 2014. It was there that he won Japanese Head Coach of the Year honours three times and led his team to three domestic titles. As a player he earned Top Six honours at the 1997 and 1999 Kurowashiki All-Japan Tournaments.