Jun 8, 2016

Japan to play South Korea in volleyball opener

The Japanese women’s volleyball team will launch its Rio Olympics campaign against South Korea in a rematch of the 2012 bronze-medal game, FIVB announced on Tuesday. After facing South Korea on Aug. 6, Japan plays Cameroon two days later before taking on two-time defending ...

Japan misses out on spot in Rio

Jun 3, 2016

Japan misses out on spot in Rio

Poland became the first team to secure one of the Rio 2016 men’s volleyball places on offer at the Olympic qualification tournament in Tokyo on Thursday, while an Iran win and a Japan loss saw the home team wave goodbye to Brazil. Japan’s disappointing ...

Defeat to Iran leaves Japan's volleyball hopes in tatters

Jun 2, 2016

Defeat to Iran leaves Japan's volleyball hopes in tatters

Japan’s campaign to secure a place in the Rio 2016 men’s volleyball field is all but over after the team lost its third straight game, this time to Iran, on Wednesday. Japan’s four-set loss means it now has a one-win, three-loss record while Iran, ...

Poland spikers pounce on Japan, triumph in three sets

May 31, 2016

Poland spikers pounce on Japan, triumph in three sets

Japan’s hopes of sending a men’s volleyball team to the Rio Games look to be slipping away as on Tuesday at the Olympic qualification tournament, Poland sent Masashi Nambu’s men to their second consecutive straight-sets loss. Poland, the reigning world champions ranked No. 2 ...

China stonewalls Japan at net en route to three-set triumph

May 29, 2016

China stonewalls Japan at net en route to three-set triumph

Japan fell to a 1-1 record at the men’s Olympic volleyball qualification tournament on Sunday with errors, particularly on service, and China’s stout central blocking proving too much for the hosts, who went down in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-23). Japan could not get ...

Japan spikers open tournament with victory

May 29, 2016

Japan spikers open tournament with victory

Japan was forced to rally from a nervy start and a one-set deficit against Venezuela but got its Olympic qualification campaign off to a positive start on Saturday with a 3-1 win as the battle for Rio 2016 men’s volleyball places began in Tokyo. ...

May 22, 2016

Japan women's volleyball team to face hosts in Rio

Japan will face host Brazil, Russia, South Korea, Argentina and one other team in the group stage of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, an official of the international governing body (FIVB) told Kyodo News on Sunday. Based on the ...

Japan women's volleyball team books spot in Rio Olympics

May 21, 2016

Japan women's volleyball team books spot in Rio Olympics

Japan qualified for a record 12th Olympics after winning the necessary two sets against Italy in the women’s volleyball final qualifiers on Saturday. Japan captain Saori Kimura had her best game of the eight-team tournament with 31 point, though the hosts fell 23-25, 27-25, ...

Ex-coach Sato: Japan in safe hands

May 19, 2016

Ex-coach Sato: Japan in safe hands

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Former head coach for the Japan men’s national volleyball team Gary Sato was thrilled to see his old team as he took in one of the two games that made up an exhibition series between Japan and the United States in Southern California on ...

Japan edges Thailand in volleyball cliffhanger

May 19, 2016

Japan edges Thailand in volleyball cliffhanger

Japan erased a six-point deficit in the fifth set for a 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13) come-from-behind victory over resilient Thailand in the women’s Olympic final volleyball qualifying on Wednesday. In a thriller that lasted almost three hours, Japan was down 12-6 in ...