Japan Football Hall of Fame
JFA Hall of Fame Inductee
- Born in Iwate on 24 March 1933
Joins Furukawa Electric after graduating from the Prefectural Morioka First High School, Chuo University, and Waseda University.
Wins the rookie of the year award in the Kanto University League while at Chuo University. Later joins Waseda University, where Koichi Kudo, an older acquaintance from the same home town, is manager. Contributes greatly to a number of victories for Waseda, which is said to be the number one university team of the time.
Plays in 51 games in the JSL (for Furukawa Electric), scoring 14 goals. Named in the annual best XI on three occasions. Receives the annual player of the year award in 1963.
Called up to the full Japan national team while still a student at Waseda University, and appears at the Games of the 16th Olympiad (1956, Melbourne). Later achieves the distinction of appearing at three separate Olympic Games, as part of the Japan team at the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo) and the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City). Captains the side in Mexico City, and provides strong mental support to lead the team to the bronze medal. Plays in a total of 44 "A" matches for the Japan national team, scoring 11 goals.
Appointed as manager of the Furukawa Electric team in 1967 ). Appointed as manager of the Fujitsu team in 1977 to set up foundations of the team.
Works as assistant to the schoolmaster, Dettmar Cramer, at a FIFA coaching school held in Chiba in 1969.
Appointed as manager of the Japanese national youth team in 1970. Leads the team at the Asian Youth Championships.
Passes away in 2011.