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Japan beats Brazil for first time in six years

Japan defeated Brazil for the first time in six years, winning their 2017 women's volleyball World Grand Prix match 3-2 on Sunday. Japan, entering its Pool D1 finale after a crushing loss to Serbia the previous day, blew a two-set lead at Kamei Arena Sendai against last year's champions, but won ...

/ Jun 15, 2017

Ishikawa to return to Top Valley Latina

Japan men's national team star Yuki Ishikawa will play his second season with Top Volley Latina, a pro squad in the Italian top division, the SuperLega team said Wednesday. The 21-year-old will not compete in the fall league games in Japan, and is scheduled to ...

/ May 3, 2017

Volleyball association may hire interim coach

The Japan Volleyball Association is considering a temporary replacement for Yuichi Nakagaichi after the recently appointed men's national team coach stepped back from the role following his involvement in a serious traffic incident last year, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. Nakagaichi ran ...

/ Jan 30, 2017

Men's volleyball coach in hot water over accident

Police on Monday sent papers to prosecutors on the incoming coach of the Japanese men's national volleyball team for allegedly causing a road accident that seriously injured a man in Hiroshima Prefecture last November. Yuichi Nakagaichi, 49, is suspected of negligence in allegedly hitting a ...

/ Dec 19, 2016

Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Maruyama dies

Sata Maruyama, who played on the gold-winning women's volleyball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, died on Sunday, her family revealed Monday. She was 72. At 20 years of age, Maruyama, known more by her maiden name Isobe, was the youngest starter and an attacker ...

/ Oct 26, 2016

New women's volleyball coach Nakada ready for challenge

Kumi Nakada said Wednesday she hopes to rise to the challenge as the first woman to oversee the women's national volleyball team. "I feel the heavy weight of responsibility," Nakada, who has been appointed to replace 2012 London Olympic bronze medal-winning coach Masayoshi Manabe, told ...