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18th Edition
6 - 29 August 2010

 JPN / Japan - Team Composition

Team manager ARAKIDA, Yuko (Mrs.)
Head coach MANABE, Masayoshi
Assistant coach ABO, Kiyoshi
Doctor FUJITA, Koji (2nd, 3rd & 4th Week)
Therapist / trainer KAWAKITA, Gen
Journalist MIKI, Tomotaka (2nd, 3rd & 4th Week)
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Hiroko Matsumura H. Matsuura 15/07/1990 180 76 302 280 Azeryolservis - Baku
  2   Saori Arita Arita 10/07/1984 180 71 305 296
  3 Yoshie Takeshita Takeshita 18/03/1978 159 53 280 270 JT Marvelous
  4   Kaori Inoue Inoue 21/10/1982 182 59 306 300 Denso Airybees
  5 Ai Yamamoto Ai 24/03/1982 184 68 312 305 JT Marvelous
  L 6   Yuko Sano Sano 26/07/1979 159 54 260 250 Denso Airybees
  7 Mai Yamaguchi Yamaguchi 3/07/1983 176 62 304 292 Okayama Seagulls
  8   Chie Yoshizawa Chie 9/07/1983 0 0 294 288 JT Marvelous
  9 Mizuho Ishida Ishida 22/01/1988 174 65 301 286 Denso Airybees
  10   Yuki Shoji Shoji 19/11/1981 182 67 315 296 VC Wiesbaden
  C 11 Erika Araki Araki 3/08/1984 186 78 305 297 Toyota Auto Body Queenseis
  12   Saori Kimura Saori 19/08/1986 185 65 304 293 Toray Arrows
  13 Mai Fukuda Fukuda 30/01/1984 176 65 298 280 Okayama Seagulls
  14   Yukiko Ebata Ebata 7/11/1989 176 67 305 298 PFU Blue Cats
  15 Koyomi Iwasaki Tominaga 1/05/1989 175 68 295 280 Saitama Ageo Medics
  16   Saori Sakoda Sakoda 18/12/1987 175 63 305 279 Toray Arrows
  17 Akiko Ino Ino 28/09/1986 168 59 270 260 NEC Red Rockets
  18   Maiko Sakashita Sakashita 25/02/1985 180 74 302 296 JT Marvelous
  L 19 Kanari Hamaguchi Hamaguchi 29/08/1985 167 60 283 269 Toray Arrows
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Following their participation in the last Olympics in Beijing in 2008, the Japan Volleyball Association took quick measures to build a new squad, aiming for the Olympics in London in 2012. Masayoshi Manabe, leading the Championship Team, Hisamitsu Springs, has been appointed as new head coach of Japan Women’s Team, taking over the position from former head coach Shoichi Yanagimoto who led the team since February 2003 and experienced two Olympics in Athens 2004 and in Beijing 2008 over these years. Manabe started his duty from April of 2009 until 2012. Masayoshi Manabe launched his new squad immediately after the V. League, Japan’s premier league. More than thirty players - including six Olympians, such as Yoshie Takeshita, one of the best Setters and former captain, Yuko Sano, one of the best Liberos, Saori Kimura and Erika Araki, new captain from last season, adding them to fresh and promising players.

Starting from May, Manabe’s squad started their first training camp in Tokyo and then competed in the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland before summer, the young and promising players will have much experience and will hopefully be improving. Being supported by those experienced players, the newcomers will be able to express themselves without feeling anxious about making errors. Japan used to be a powerhouse in the past and Manabe’s squad will challenge to show everyone they still can be.

Match Records l 2005 World Grand Prix 2005 5th l 2005 Asian Championship (China) 3rd l 2006 World Grand Prix 2006 6th l 2006 World Championship (Japan) 6th l 2007 World Grand Prix 2007 9th l 2007 Asian Championship (Thailand) 1st l 2007 Women’s World Cup (Japan) 7th l 2008 World Grand Prix 2008 6th l 2009 World Grand Prix 2009 6th l 2009 Asian Championship (Vietnam) 3rd


Coach profile

Masayoshi MANABE: Head coach of the Japanese women’s national team

Masayoshi Manabe, born in Hyogo in 1963, is the new coach of Japan Women's Team, taking over the position from former coach Shoichi Yanagimoto who led the team since February 2003.

On his appointment, Manabe said at the press conference last December "I have participated in the 1988 Seoul Olympics as a player. After watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics outside of the court, however, I felt like participating in the Olympics again as a leader. I want to do my best and aim for the 2012 London Olympics." As a setter for the Japan Men's Team, Manabe participated in many international events, including the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He started his career as a coach in 1993 at Nippon Steal Blazers (the predecessor of Sakai Blazers). He took the helm of the team as a "player-headcoach" until 1999. Under his leadership, the team became the V-League champions in 1996 and in 1997. From 1999 to 2005, he focused on his career as a player and moved from team to team. Since his retirement as a player in 2005, Manabe has been leading Hisamitsu Springs. The team won the champion trophy of the 2006/07 V-Premier League.

Japan Women's Team is aiming for medals at the 2012 London Olympics under the powerful leadership of Manabe.

In order to secure a berth at the World Grand Prix this summer, Manabe started the first training camp in the middle of May, after the 2009/10 V- Premier League and the National Championships.

Manabe is a quite tactician and he will lead his squad in the World Grand Prix.


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