Japan Football Hall of Fame
JFA Hall of Fame Inductee
- Born in Hiroshima on 10 December 1942
Graduates from Hiroshima University Faculty of Education-Affiliated High School and Chuo University, before joining Toyo Kogyo.
Selected for national youth team in 1961, appearing at the 3rd Asian Youth Championships. Performs as a well-balanced midfielder at Chuo University after entering the same year, and shines as the university achieves the quadruple honours in 1962 of the Kanto University League, the East-West Students' Championship Game, the National University Championship, and the Emperor's Cup All-Japan Soccer Championship Tournament.
Wins first cap with the full Japan national team in 1963. Appears in all the country's matches at the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) and the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City). Scores the decisive goal against a strong Argentina side to contribute to qualification for the best 8 at the Tokyo Olympics. Performs at the centre of the defence in the Mexico City Olympics as Japan wins the bronze medal. Also appears at the Asian Games (achieving third place at the 5th Asian Games in 1966) and in the qualifying tournaments for the World Cups in Mexico and West Germany and the Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal, remaining active in the Japan national team until 1976. Appears in a total of 62 "A" matches, scoring 11 goals. His total of 213 appearances in Japan national team matches of all levels is the second highest ever (correct as of July 2006).
Makes 163 appearances in the JSL (with Toyo Kogyo, 1965-76), scoring 57 goals. Captains the side in 1971-75. Wins the JSL First Division five times, including four in a row in 1965-68, and wins the Emperor's Cup three times. Top scorer in the JSL in 1966, and named in the league's annual best XI on seven occasions. Voted annual player of the year in 1965 and 1970. Appointed as coach of the Toyo Kogyo team in 1976 (while remaining a player), and as manager of the team from 1977 to 1980.
Appointed as president of the Hiroshima Football Association after spells on the board and as vice-president. Vice-president of the Chugoku Football Association. Appointed to the chair of the Hiroshima Prefectural Amateur Sports Association after spells as board member and chair of the strengthening committee.