Japan Football Hall of Fame
JFA Hall of Fame Inductee
Inductees Recommended by the Committee (Special Selection)
- Born in Oita on 15 February 1906
Graduated from Tokyo Imperial University.
Worked as students' representative and as office director of the Faculty of Agriculture at Tokyo Imperial University. After the Second World War, takes posts of instructor and professor at University of Tokyo, and professor at Shibaura Institute of Technology.
First director of the Nursing Division in the Medical Bureau of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Appears as a member of the Japanese national team at the 7th Far Eastern Championship Games (1925, Manila), 8th Far Eastern Championship Games (1927, Shanghai), and 9th Far Eastern Championship Games (1930, Tokyo). Takes role of captain at the 9th Games and leads Japan to its first title.
Undertakes role of coach at 11th Olympic Games (1936, Berlin). Appointed as manager of Japanese national team in 1951. Earns right to compete in 16th Olympic Games (1956, Melbourne). Also active as international referee between 1951 and 1957. Combines roles by donning whistle at 16th Olympic Games (1956, Melbourne). Accompanies Japanese national team to several international tournaments as team director and executive, including role as director of Japanese team at the 6th Asian Games (1970, Bangkok).
Devoted efforts to develop Japan Football Association as member of the board for 45 years from 1929 to 1974. Appointed as first chairman of directors in 1948.
Also sat on the board of Japan Sports Association. Awarded Blue Medal of Honour in 1976, and 3rd Class Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1976.
Passes away in 1980.