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JFA Hall of Fame Inductee

SHINOJIMA Hideo
Inductees Recommended by the Committee (Special Selection)
SHINOJIMA Hideo
Born in Tochigi on 21 January 1910

Graduates from Tokyo Imperial University.
President of Mitsubishi Kasei Industries Corporation, and first president of Mitsubishi Kagaku Institute of Life Sciences. Vice-president of the Japan Federation of Economic Organisations.

Plays football at Tokyo High School and Tokyo Imperial University. As captain, leads Tokyo Imperial University to a fifth consecutive Tokyo College League title in 1930, laying the foundations for a golden era for the university (which would go on to win a sixth straight title in 1931). Appears at the 9th Far Eastern Championship Games in 1930 (Tokyo), scoring a goal against the Republic of China, and helping Japan achieve its first ever Far Eastern title. Becomes one of the star players for the national team before the war.

Takes the positions of standing director, chair of the board, and vice-present (as of 1965) at the JFA across a period of over 20 years of economic difficulties, from the period of recovery after the war to the association's conversion into an incorporated foundation (in 1974). Supports the rebirth and development of Japanese football, focusing attention on active overseas tours for the Japan national team, and on exchange with teams from overseas. Despite strong calls for his promotion to president, health problems lead Shinojima to recommend high school and university friend Tomisaburo Hirai for the post, and to resign from his position as vice-president in 1975. Jointly holds post as Kanto Football Association president while JFA vice-president.

Brings about the broadcasting of "Mitsubishi Diamond Soccer" on TV Tokyo from 1968, with the help of with Shinroku Morohashi and others from the Mitsubishi Corporation. This programme contributes greatly to the spread and development of football in Japan, with regular broadcasting of world-class teams at a time when information was scarcely available. This sows seeds for future prosperity of Japanese football.
Awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honour in 1969, and the 1st Class Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1975.
Passes away in 1975.
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