Japan Football Hall of Fame
JFA Hall of Fame Inductee
Inductees Recommended by the Committee (Special Selection)
- Born in Taipei on 26 February 1907 (grows up in Hiroshima )
First enjoys football at the Hiroshima Higher Normal School-Affiliated Junior High School, before going on to play for Hiroshima High School, Tokyo Imperial University, and Tokyo Imperial University LB. Plays mainly as a centre-forward, becoming one of the most recognised strikers in pre-war Japanese football.
His Hiroshima High School team finishes as runners-up in the All-Japan High School Football Tournament in 1926, before winning the tournament in 1928 (the 1927 edition was cancelled due to the death of the Emperor). Joins a Tokyo Imperial University team aiming for its fourth consecutive Kanto University League title in 1929, and becomes a regular starter in league games from that autumn. Forms a strong partnership with Hideo Shinojima to lead Tokyo Imperial University into a golden era, culminating in a sixth straight Kanto University League title in 1931.
Appears at the 9th Far Eastern Championship Games for the first Japanese select team (national team) to be assembled since the foundation of the JFA. Scores twice, including a valuable opening goal, against a Republic of China team that had dominated East Asian football. Finishes with a record of three goals from two goals, as his superb performances help Japan win its first ever title in an international competition.
Despite being only 152cm in height, he creates several chances for the Japanese team through his skilful play, using his unique footwork, movement, and superior agility to outfox opposing defenders.
Manages the All-Kansai representative team in an East-West Challenge Match (attended by the Emperor) in 1947. Later helps develop the Tanabe Seiyaku Football Club, helping them win six consecutive All-Japan Company Football Tournaments (1950-55).
Member of the board of the Kansai Football Association.
Passes away in 1982