Japan Football Hall of Fame
JFA Hall of Fame Inductee
Inductees recommended by the Committee (Past Presidents/8th president)
Time in charge: 1994 - 1998
- Born in Hiroshima on 5 September 1930
Graduates from Kansai Gakuin University.
He participates in the Summer International University Sports Week (now the Universiade) with the Japanese national team held in Dortmund, West Germany, in 1953. Appears at the Games of the 16th Olympiad (1956, Melbourne), the 2nd Asian Games (1954, Manila), and the 3rd Asian Games (1958, Tokyo) as a player with the Japanese national team. Shines as a player domestically with Furukawa Electric, and is names as (the first ever) annual player of the year in 1961.
Appointed as manager of the Japan national team at the tender age of 32 in 1962. Continues to serve as manager through the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) and the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City), leading the team to third place in Mexico City. Serves as technical committee director, executive director, and vice-president, before being appointed as JFA president in 1994. Overseas awarding to Japan in 1996 of co-hosting rights to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Also oversees the Japanese national team's first World Cup qualification, for the 1998 World Cup in France. Also serves as vice-president of the Japanese World Cup bidding committee, and of the Japan World Cup Organizing Committee for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, pouring efforts into the World Cup bidding process and hosting itself.
Previously served on the permanent organizing committee of the Japan Soccer League and on the board of the J League. Contributes to the development of sport in Japan in many different ways, including the board member and vice-chairman of the Japan Sports Association, and as member of the Japanese Olympic Committee and the UNESCO-Japan Fair Play Committee member.
Awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honour in 1990, and the 3rd Class Order of the Rising Sun in 2004.
Passes away in 2008.