Japan Football Hall of Fame

JFA Hall of Fame Inductee

Inductees Recommended by the Committee (Special Selection)
Born in Osaka on 18 March 1908

Graduated from Osaka University of Commerce (now Osaka City University)
President of Tanabe Pharma Corporation

After serving acting chairman of Japan Football Association (NIHON SHUKYU KYOKAI) in 1945 to 1946, appointed as its vice-president in 1946. In the middle of WWII aftermath, he pulls efforts toward football recovery. Considerable amount of donation to support 11th Olympic (Berlin) travel expenses to financially support Japanese football before and after WWII.
Before WWII, pulls efforts to found Kansai Football Association, serves as its president, and contributes grassroots-level popularization and development in Kansai region.

Establishes Tanabe Pharma football club in 1920s. As a pioneer company team, it leads company football teams after WWII. Acquainted with international and domestic footballs, shares his knowledge through JFA magazines. One of renown topics include his “CHOUKYUTEI ZATSUWA” articles serialized in the magazine “FOOTBALL” in 1962 to 1971. Donates his collection and documents as “Tanabe Bunko reading corner” to tell his achievement to next generation.
Awarded Third Orders of the Sacred Treasure in 1972.
Passes away in 1972.
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