Japan Football Hall of Fame

JFA Hall of Fame Inductee

OKANO Shun-ichiro
Inductees recommended by the Committee (Past Presidents/9th president)
Time in charge: 1998 - 2002
OKANO Shun-ichiro
Born in Tokyo on 28 August 1931

Graduates from the University of Tokyo.
He participates in the Summer International University Sports Week (now the Universiade) with the Japanese national team held in Dortmund, West Germany, in 1953. After a spell as member of the Japanese national team in 1995, he served as manager of the Japanese youth national team. He becomes coach of the full side for the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo), before leading the activities of the team as player-coach at the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City). Achieves third place, and the bronze medal, at the Mexico City Olympics. Becomes manager of the full Japan national team in 1970-71.

He appears on NHK and TV TOKYO’s “Diamond Soccer” as commentator to raise football popularity during the unpopular period of 1960 to 1990. Poured efforts to founding Japan Football League in 1965, served as board member of J League in 1993.
As board member and vice-president of the Japan Football Association, he pours efforts into bidding process and hosting of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, president of the JFA in 1998, responsible for the success of the tournament.

Takes roles in FIFA including World Cup Organising Committee member and Olympic Tournament Organising Committee member, as well as working as president as the East Asian Football Federation. Also has executive roles in the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) in 1975, the Japan Sports Association. Devoted particular efforts to the conversion of the JOC into an incorporated foundation as general secretary in 1989. Contributes to the development of global sport as member of the International Olympic Committee from 1990. Appointed to the board of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in 1979 and becomes a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1990.
Awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honour in 1990, the IOC Silver Pin in 1998, a Blue Dragon Award (sporting honour, Republic of Korea) in 2003, and 3rd Class Order of the Rising Sun in 2004.
Passes away in 2017.


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