Great for Europe! This will help strengthen the tournament, and I'm glad Japan will have to travel to a WCH/Olympics for the first time since 2016.
Shrugs, the Japanese haven't been medal contenders for a long time now, so I don't think it would matter a whole lot either way. Their glory days in the 60's and 70's, when they won many major championships, are distant memories now. Ever since they were replaced by China as the top Asian volleyball power in the 80's, the Japanese have been struggling to win another major FIVB tournament. But it will certainly boost European team chances, not having to adjust to large time changes can give them that little extra boost. Of course, other strong teams are out there, so it's not certain European teams will automatically prevail.
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2019 20:25:41 GMT -5 by ironhammer