In February 2022, the athlete was diagnosed with fourth-degree stomach cancer.
Japan national volleyball player Naonobu Fujii has died of cancer at the age of 31. This was announced by the Japan Volleyball Association (JVA).
In February 2022, Fujii reported vision problems. The athlete was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer with brain metastases.
Fujii died on March 10.
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The Federation expressed condolences on the death of the player and noted his contribution to the development of Japanese volleyball. Fujii has played for the national team since 2017 and also represented Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.