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Japan’s Olympic Roster

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Japan is the first team to reveal its roster for London!


Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present to you the 12 volleyball players representing Japan at the 2012 Olympics!

Applause! Applause! Applause!

We hope these players stay fit and healthy for the Olympics!

On the other hand, Mizuho Ishida is the Olympic alternate and will reportedly fly to London together with the team. As for middle hitter Nana Iwasaka and outside hitter & two time Olympian Megumi Kurihara, their Olympic dreams are shattered. We can’t imagine the emotions running through their minds when they found out about their Olympic fate.

In case you didn’t know, Japain is Pool A with Russia, Italy, Dominican Republic, Algeria and host Great Britain.

What do you think of JAPAN’s ROSTER?



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  1. Good they brought their best players along, still would be nice to see them get a taller setter not specifically TALL but somethign bigger than 5’3.

    • Takeshita is one of the best setters in the world. Kindly watch more games. don’t judge the player only by the height. She is short but she has great performance.

      2006 World Championship “Most Valuable Player”
      2006 World Championship “Best Setter”
      2008 FIVB World Grand Prix “Best Setter”
      2009 FIVB World Grand Prix “Best Setter”

      • Takeshita is short, and that’s the weakness, however
        she is probably by far the most accurate setter who can generate fast balls with minimum misses, than any other predecessors, who won gold/silver/bronze in the past.
        Yoko Zutherlund :former name Yoko Horie; 6 foot setter, a bronze medalist from BCN Ogames was never elected by Japan national team. That’s why she chose USA to try out and got her spot their.
        The only way Japan can compete with much Taller competitors is
        strategy and speed, not power and height. That’s how they won Bronze in WCP 2010. And Look at Thai team in WGP…
        Japanese genetically do not have that kind of physical asset.
        Though, Kuminakata LA Ogames bronze medalist who is 5’9″ 1/2
        is now training Jr. teams particularly on taller setters.
        Hope, there will be a taller setter than 5’9″ soon.

  2. Hmm. Iwasaka is still young, but Kurihara has been in 2 OGs already and has underperformed in both due to her nerves. I honestly think that Japan brings her still as opposed to Shinnabe whose block seems to be a liability just like Takeshita’s. I think Japan should utilize a 6-2 system since both Nakamichi and Takeshita are so short.

  3. 東レアローズ Toray arrows(Champion of 2007-08 08-09 09-10 11-12 V-league ,10-11 is runners-up provisional.)
    JTマーヴェラス JT Marverous(Champion provisional of 2010-11,runners-up of 09-10)
    久光スプリングス Hisamitsu Springs(r-up of 2011-12)
    岡山シーガルズ okayama Seagulls
    デンソーエアリービーズ Denso Airlybees
    日立リヴァーレ Hitachi Rivale (Serie B)

    • Nana is young. And I believe Kurihara had an ankle injury in WGP2012 against Puerto Rico so she is unable to compete.

  4. what about the arranged game against Serbia..what a dishonor !
    all team members must cut their left little fingers asap !

  5. Dont judge Takeshita because shes short and only stands 5’3 Fyi Guys, though she’s short shes still the best setter evar in the world . She has a skills; fast, smart , dig well . Kindly check her game between Russia She just blocked GAMOVa stand 6’8

  6. I was very sad and disappointed not seeing Iwasaka Nana(from Hisamitsu Springs team) in the London Olympics Games…She had done very well in the World Cup(2011), and in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, in May 2012, just before the Olympics.
    So, I hope to see her more, especially in the 2014 World Championship, and in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics(in Brazil, my home-country), in 2016.

    If Japan is targeting Gold Medal in major International tournaments, for sure they need high level players like Iwasaka Nana.

    Greetings from Vancouver, Canada

  7. Japan has their own strategies in winning. Takeshita is a good player but I observed that Takeshita is not distributing the ball equal. She gives more chance to Saori Kimura to attack.

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