Japan Football Hall of Fame
JFA Hall of Fame Inductee
- Born in Hiroshima on 26 December 1940
Joins Yawata Iron & Steel (Nippon Steel from 1970) from Sanyo High School in Hiroshima.
Appears at the 1st Asian Youth Championships in 1959 as Japan enters a high school select squad, ultimately finishing third. Displays a combination of precision passing, delicate ball control, and accurate shooting, and is called up to the full Japan national team in 1960. Appears in all of Japan's matches at the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) and 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City). Plays a major role in the midfield system in Mexico City, both offensively and defensively, and makes a major contribution to Japan's achievement of the bronze medal. Continues to represent that national team until 1971, appearing in the qualifying tournaments for the FIFA World Cups in Chile and Mexico, in the Asian Games (recording third place in the 5th edition in 1966), and in the qualifying tournament for the Munich Olympics. Plays in 58 "A" matches in total, scoring 18 goals.
Also performs solidly for Yawata Iron & Steel after joining the company in 1959, becoming a key member of the football team during its golden age and contributing to two successive titles in the All-Japan Company Football Tournament in 1963 and 1964, as well as an Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament title in 1964. Plays 138 games in the JSL, scoring 68 goals (1965-76). Captains the side in 1969-73. Leads the JSL in assists in 1970, ranks sixth in the JSL's all-time goal scoring charts (68 goals), and is named in the annual best XI on six occasions. Named as player of the year in 1967.
Coaches the Nippon Steel team in 1974-75, and manages the team in 1976-79 (continuing as player-manager in 1976).
Manages the Fukuoka Prefecture representative team at the National Sports Festival of Japan in 1981-85. Appointed as manager of Kyushu Kyoritsu University in 1996, and leads the team to promotion to the Kyushu University League Division 1 within two years.
Passes away in 2002.