Japan Football Hall of Fame

JFA Hall of Fame Inductee

Inductees Recommended by the Committee (Special Selection)
Born in Tokyo on 5 August 1947

After grauating from Nerima ward Oizumi junior high school, Tokyo prefectural Jakujii high school, and Tokyo University of Education, plays with Yomiuri Football Club in 1970. During his university days, achieves two consecutive titles of Kanto University League and University Tournament in 1968 and title of Kanto University League in 1969.

After retirement as player, choses a career as referee, obtaining 1st class referee in 1980, and registered as international referee in 1984. First Japanese referee who acts World Cup chief referee during World Cup Mexico game of Spain VS Algeria. Two years after, he acts as chief referee and sub referee (lines man) at Soul Olympic, joins FIFA World Cup Italia in 1990, serving as chief referee for one game, sub referee (lines man) for three games, 4th referee (reserved referee) for 3 games. JSL chief referee 92 games (1983 to 1992), J-league chief referee 26 games, sub referee 2 games (1993 to 1994).

After retirement from referee in 1994, he educates the next generation and appointed AFC assessor in 1996 and FIFA assessor in 2002. In 2006, he serves as FIFA World Cup Germany’s referee assessor. Appointed as J-League referee-in-chief in 1996, JFA Executive Committee member in 1998, and JFA referee chairman. Until his retirement in 2006, he establishes educational systems for referee’s professionalization (PR system) and referee colleges, while modifies referee evaluation system, promotion system and instructor system to raise the referee standard as well as their status. He also increases the number of registered referees, stabilizes the foundation and realizes smooth communication. As a result, the bottom of referees enlarges and the top level improves to make Japan to send more referees to the world with good reputation.

Awarded J-League best referee award in 1993, FIFA referee honorable mention in 1996 and AFC Special award (Bronze) in 2009.


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