Overview

Team profile

Japan

At the 2015 World Grand Prix Japan finished sixth. They reached the Final Six, but finished bottom of the pool after losing all five matches. That came after a sixth-place finish at the Asian Volleyball Championship. Japan have played in every World Cup, largely thanks to qualifying as hosts in all editions apart from the inaugural competition in 1973. They won a medal at the first three World Cups. In 1973 they took the silver medal then won the 1977 competition in front of their own fans. After slipping back to second in 1981, they have failed to win a medal since. In 2011 they finished fourth. At the 2014 World Championship, Japan just missed out on third round qualification and were a disappointing joint-seventh in the final ranking.

Recently Japan have carried on their steady improvement since Masayoshi Manabe's appointment as coach in 2008, and if they can continue their fine recent form on home soil they have a chance to return to the World Cup podium. They won a bronze medal at the 2013 Grand Champions Cup and at the 2014 World Grand Prix in Tokyo they got the silver medal. Victory in the World Cup could be the beginning of a return to the success of the 1960s and 1970s, when they won a gold medal at three World Championships and two Olympic Games.

Coach

Manabe Masayoshi

Manabe Masayoshi

Masayoshi Manabe took on Japan's women's team in 2009 and engineered their breakthrough at the 2014 World Grand Prix, guiding the team to a second-place finish in Group 1. They finished a respectable sixth in Group 1 at this year’s edition. Manabe also led Japan to a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and bronze medals at the 2010 World Championships and 2013 Grand Champions Cup, both of which were played on home soil. Before taking over as coach of the national team, Manabe was in charge of Japanese women's club Hisamitsu Springs and was a player-coach with his home country's Nippon Steel Blazers. A setter in his playing days, Manabe represented Japan at the 1988 Olympic Games.

Staff

  • Team Manager Arakida Yuko (Mrs.)
  • Assistant coach Kawakita Gen
  • Second Assistant Coach Okubo Shigekazu
  • Doctor Fujita Koji
  • Physiotherapist Miyaguchi Keiko (Ms.)

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
China
11 10 1 6 4 0 0 0 1 30 30 7 4.285 900 658 1.367
2
Serbia
11 10 1 6 0 4 0 1 0 26 31 11 2.818 964 739 1.304
3
USA
11 9 2 8 1 0 1 0 1 28 29 7 4.142 859 617 1.392
4
Russia
11 9 2 8 0 1 1 1 0 27 30 8 3.750 889 702 1.266
5
Japan
11 7 4 6 0 1 2 2 0 22 27 14 1.928 922 779 1.183
6
Korea
11 5 6 4 1 0 1 1 4 16 18 19 0.947 816 787 1.036
7
Dominican Republic
11 5 6 2 3 0 1 1 4 16 18 21 0.857 835 859 0.972
8
Argentina
11 4 7 3 0 1 1 1 5 12 15 23 0.652 738 819 0.901
9
Cuba
11 4 7 1 2 1 0 1 6 11 13 25 0.520 740 876 0.844
10
Kenya
11 2 9 1 0 1 0 1 8 5 7 29 0.241 683 844 0.809
11
Peru
11 1 10 1 0 0 2 2 6 5 9 30 0.300 732 899 0.814
12
Algeria
11 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 33 0.000 326 825 0.395

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