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Bangkok, Thailand, August 13, 2018 – The Asian Volleyball Confederation mourned the passing of former JVA President Masao Tachiki on August 6 in Tokyo at the age of 77.

Mr. Masao was hospitalised in early May and was still fighting although he wouldn’t even know how ill he really was. Unfortunately, he became a man who never returned.

The Buddhist Funeral Rites, hosted by the Tachiki family, will be held as follows:

Wake: at 18:00 pm on August 19, 2018

Farewell Ceremony: at 11:00 am on August 20, 2018

Place: Yoyohata Funeral Hall, 2-42-1, Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan


Mr Masao was talented in sports management and marketing. His great contribution to the sustainable growth of volleyball was  known domestically and globally. Many people related to sports also learned marketing and public relations from him.

Born in Okayama, a popular volleyball venue in Japan, Mr Masao started playing the game at middle school aged 12. He continued for 10 years, and was a member of the volleyball club at the prestigious Tokyo University. Despite graduating in Law faculty, he spent his career with the giant Suntory conglomerate in marketing, advertising and corporate communications. He was a high-level adviser to the Suntory Board of Directors.

On June 28, 2003 he was appointed the seventh President of the Japan Volleyball Association. His goals were clear. “After we succeeded in qualifying both our teams to the Olympic Games in Beijing, we focused on increasing the number of volleyball teams throughout Japan. If we can achieve this, it will lead to goal number three – an active society at all age levels based on the high standards of morality displayed on the volleyball court.”

The enduring popularity of volleyball in Japan can be traced back to the spectacular events of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Amidst hysterical scenes around the country, the Japan women’s team won the gold medal and the men’s team took the bronze.

“Our sport my volleyball”,  a slogan of JVA, is his creative idea.

Mr Masao also showed outstanding management capabilities in Suntory Company, and developed the company greatly as it is now.

Mr Masao was also a man with vision, passion and purposes. He saw volleyball at the forefront of the JVA’s initiative.

The Asian volleyball family are very sad to hear about the death of Mr Masao Tachiki. This is the great man who succeeded in whatever he badly wanted to do. He was a special person devoted to the activities of JVA and the organisations he belonged.

It was also with great sadness that the AVC learned of his passing. The governing body would like to take this sad moment to express heartfelt condolences to Mr Masao’s family and his loved ones.


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