The Japan Cricket Association was first established in 1984 before the country became an ICC Associate Member in 1995. The closest the Japan men’s team came to reaching the World Cup was their participation in 2008 WCL Division Five in Jersey, a tournament more famous for being the start of Afghanistan’s journey up the world rankings. Japan were relegated to Division Seven after that event, and after they lost a semi-final to Ghana in 2012 WCL Division Eight in Samoa they were dumped out of the World Cricket League for good, effectively closing the door on a pathway to qualify for a men’s World Cup.
- Neil Harrison: First umpire from Japan to represent at ICC events. Retired in 2012.
- Chris Thurgate: Currently a top-ranked Umpire in Japan and an active member of East Asia Pacific Cricket.