FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 JPN / Japan

Team manager KUWADA Haruhito
Coach SATO Gary
Assistant coach HUNT David
2nd assistant coach OTAKE Hideyuki
Doctor HASHIMOTO Yoshito
Physiotherapist WADA Norikatsu
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  L 3 Takeshi Nagano Nagano 11.07.1985 176 65 315 300 Panasonic Panthers
  4   Shigeru Kondoh Kondo 23.11.1982 186 85 330 315 Toray Arrows
  5 Shun Imamura Imamura 20.07.1987 181 70 330 315 Sakai Blazers
  7   Kunihiro Shimizu Shimizu 11.08.1986 193 97 330 320 Panasonic Panthers
  8 Kazuyoshi Yokota Yokota 01.05.1986 194 85 345 325 Sakai Blazers
  9   Shogo Toimoto Toimoto 25.06.1987 197 94 347 330 JT Thunders
  11 Yoshihiko Matsumoto Matsumoto 07.01.1981 193 80 340 330 Sakai Blazers
  C 12   Kota Yamamura Yamamura 20.10.1980 205 95 350 335 Suntory Sunbirds
  L 13 Ken Takahashi Takahashi 22.12.1988 180 73 310 300 Suntory Sunbirds
  14   Tatsuya Fukuzawa Fukuzawa 01.07.1986 189 88 355 330 Panasonic Panthers
  16 Yusuke Ishijima Gottsu 09.01.1984 0 0 345 335 Sakai Blazers
  17   Yu Koshikawa Koshikawa 30.06.1984 189 87 340 320 JT Thunders
  18 Yuta Yoneyama Yoneyama 29.08.1984 185 83 340 320 Toray Arrows
  19   Shunsuke Chijiki Chijiki 06.09.1989 194 89 340 320 Sakai Blazers
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Japan have their sights set on the next edition of the Olympic Games taking place in 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their first challenge on the road to Rio was the FIVB Volleyball World League under the supervision of coach Gary Sato, who was appointed by the Japan Volleyball Association this year, at the start of the new Olympic cycle.

The Japanese men’s national team is called “Ryujin Nippon”. The word Ryujin, or ‘dragon’ in Japanese mythology, symbolises strength and nobleness. This name expresses the hopes of the national federation to inspire the players to fight with strong, ambitious and noble minds in order for the team to reign in the world of volleyball. Japan are driven to take their first title under Sato, their last one was at the Asian Championship in 2009.

Japan failed to make it to the podium at the Asian Championship in September, only finishing fourth. But as the host nation, Japan have pre-qualified for the World Grand Champions Cup and they will take this chance to enhance their game en route to Rio 2016.This year’s team includes experienced players such as Yusuke Ishijima Tatsuya Fukuzawa, and Kunihiro Shimizu – all three players steered Japan to clutch the 2009 Asian Championship – as well as young players Shunsuke Chijiki and Takashi Dekita.

Coach profile

Gary Sato was born in California, USA, on January 2, 1955. Sato is the first foreign-born coach to lead the Japan men’s national team.

Prior to his post, Sato has a number of titles and medals under his belt that spans more than three decades as part of the USA men’s national team coaching staff. The appointment of coach Sato came as a positive and progressive move by Japan.

The humble coach spearheads the programme to infuse a different style in their game that is more in line with Japan’s conventional technique and which marks a step forward into the new era of volleyball.