Teams & Coaches
Team manager Hagiwara Hideo
Head coach Ueta Tatsuya
Assistant coach Izumikawa Masayuki
Doctor Morikita Ikuhiro
Therapist / trainer Inoue Yoshihiro
Journalist Watanabe Keitaro

  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
5 Hiroyuki Kai Kai 17.07.1978 89 189 330 320 Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza
6 Kazuma Kishimoto Kishimoto 27.07.1979 74 195 341 326 Panasonic Panthers
C 8 Masaji Ogino Ogino 08.01.1970 98 197 340 320 Suntory Sunbirds
10 Katsuyuki Minami Minami 30.09.1970 83 200 345 330 Asahi Kasei
12 Kota Yamamura Yamamura 20.10.1980 95 205 350 335 Suntory Sunbirds
13 Rio Matsunaga Matsunaga 09.10.1981 80 190 345 315 Panasonic Panthers
14 kyohei Shibata Shibata 24.06.1981 81 190 355 320 Toray Arrows
L 15 Katsutoshi Tsumagari Tsumagari 02.11.1975 78 183 320 305 Suntory Sunbirds
17 Yu Koshikawa Koshikawa 30.06.1984 87 189 340 320 JT Thunders
18 Kosuke Tomonaga Tomonaga 22.07.1980 83 184 320 310 Sakai Blazers
C=Captain  L=Libero

Team Profile Head coach
Three consecutive absences from the Olympics were a great disappointment, but after the OQT in Japan in 2004, the Japan Volleyball association reached the decision that drastic reform was absolutely necessary in order to fulfill our wish – participation in the Olympics in Beijing. The JVA appointed Tatsuya Ueta, a former national player and head coach of the junior men’s national team as the new leader of the men’s national team. Ueta launched his new squad with promising young players immediately after the OQT to compete in the 2004 World League. While the results of the 2004 World League did not meet the JVA’s expectations, the young players gained invaluable experience and confidence.

Ueta invited over forty players to the inaugural training camp this year immediately after the V-League – Japan’s premier league – from Masaji Ogino (35), who made his comeback to Japan’s squad after seven years, to newcomer, Tatsuya Fukuzawa (18) and picked 22 players for the 2005 World League. Head coach Ueta expects Ogino to pull all the members together by giving advice to the younger players. The promising setter, Daisuke Usami, learned a lot from the bitter experience of failing to qualify for the Olympics last year and is becoming one of the team’s key players.

Although some key players were lost due to injuries, Ueta’s training plan has been running well. Consequently, Japan overwhelmed China in the final 3-0 to become the Asian Champions and fulfill a longstanding dream. Moreover, Marcos Sugiyama won the MVP award and Yu Koshikawa won the Best Scorer. All of which is good news for the team in its preparations for the forthcoming World Grand Champions Cup.

The slogan of the squad is “Restoration”. Since the emergence of this squad, Japan has been changing physically and mentally and improving gradually. Our aim is to place among the top three at the WGCC.

Ueta Tatsuya