Spotlight: Japan

Road to Egypt 2021: Japan booked their place in the 27th Men’s Handball World Championship after coming third at the 2020 AHF Asian Men’s Championship.

History: Japan have made 14 appearances in the World Championships, with the best Japanese performance in 1970, when they ended the tournament in 10th place.

Coach: Dagur Sigurðsson (ISL)

Squad List: TBD

Nickname: Samurai Warriors

Japan made their first appearance in the World Championship in 1961, when the tournament was hosted by West Germany.

They have made 14 appearances, and their best result was in 1970 when they finished 10th.

Japan claimed the title of the Asian Championship two times, in 1977 and 1979, and they have participated in the continental tournament 19 times.

Japan booked their place in Egypt 2021 after coming third at the 2020 AHF Asian Championship, and are looking to improve on their 2019 showing, which saw them finish in last place.

Photo Credit: IHF