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In the 8th Far Eastern Championship Games held in Shanghai in August, a Japanese representative team made up largely of players from Waseda University WMW lost its match against the Republic of China, but in beating the Philippines 2-1, achieved the first ever victory for a Japanese national team on an international stage. It had been ten years since Japan had first participated in the Far Eastern Championship Games football tournament, and six years since the JFA had been founded.

Positive effects were certainly achieved through the bolstering of a team consisting largely of Waseda University WMW players with Shigemaru Takenokoshi - making his second appearance at the Games - and with players originally from the Tokyo Normal Higher School-affiliated Junior High School. These players, like team captain Shigeyoshi Suzuki, had been coached by Kyaw Din, and shared the same basic idea of a passing game.

At a time when a number of excellent players had gathered at the University of Tokyo as a result of their Inter-High experience, and university soccer in Kanto was beginning to be largely focused on the golden era here, Waseda University had had the new idea of developing a fixed Waseda foundation through the combination of old boys and current students in its WMW team.

These players had come from junior high school clubs that had developed unique, short-passing attacking styles of play under the influence of Kyaw Din. In addition to advances in individual technique, a trend was beginning to emerge to demand a high level of organization as well.

New movements were also underway in Keio, the "Kings of the Road".

The Keio Soccer Club had been recognized as an official sports club within the university. The club had been registered with the JFA since "Keio Association Football Club" since as early as 1921, but had not actually been an official club within the university due to a clash with the rugby football club. It was able to establish its place within the university by removing the word "football" from its title and using "soccer" instead.

Boosted by the official inauguration of the soccer club, Yukichi Hamada embarked on a full translation of "Fussball (Football)" by the German Otto Nerz, and upon its completion, used his Japanese version as the textbook for his soccer club.

Their German style of football was now in hot pursuit of the leading teams of the University of Tokyo and Waseda University, and competition in early Showa era soccer was beginning to grow in intensity.

Increase in goals scored in England as a result of changes to the offside rules continues, with George Camsell of Second Division club Middlesbrough scoring 59 goals in the league alone. Team as a whole records 122 goals.

Japan Soccer
  • Jan 10th All-Japan Junior High School Football Championship Tournament cancelled. Postponed to following year
  • Jun Waseda University WMW wins preliminary tournament for Far Eastern Championship Games
  • Aug Philippines defeated in Far Eastern Championship Games in Shanghai
  • Oct University league soccer sees University of Tokyo successfully defend their title in Kanto. First place in Kansai shared by Kyoto University and Kwansei Gakuin
  • Oct All-Japan Championship Tournament (now Emperor's Cup) won by Kobe First Junior High School Club. Effects of Kyaw Din's coaching now apparent in a series of movements
World Soccer


  • 8th Far Eastern Championship Games - Japanese Representative National Preliminary Tournament
    Won by Waseda University WMW(June 18-26, Toyama School)
    1st round -- 3-2 Mito High School
    2nd round -- 1-0 Hosei University
    Semi-final -- 2-1 University of Tokyo
    Final -- 6-2 Tokyo Normal Higher School

  • 8th Far Eastern Championship Games - Japanese Representative National Preliminary Tournament
    Won by Waseda University WMW, which earns right to represent Japan(July 29-31, Meiji Shrine)
    1st round -- 2-1 Kobe First Junior High School (Hyogo)
    Final -- 2-1 Hiroshima Football Club (Chugoku)

  • 5th Kansai Student Association Football League(Currently, Kansai Student League)
    Division 1 - 5 schools (now divided into two divisions)
    (1) Kyoto University W3 D1
    (1) Kwansei Gakuin University W3 D1
    (3) Kobe High School of Commerce W2 L2
    (4) Osaka University of Foreign Studies W1 L3
    (5) Kansai University L4
    * Kyoto University and Kwansei Gakuin share first place. Division 2 contested by four schools

  • 7th All-Japan Championship Tournament/4th Meiji Shrine Tournament(Currently, Emperor's Cup)
    Winner: Kobe Junior High School Club (Kobe First Junior High School OB Club)
    (8 regional representative teams participate)
    1st round -- 2-0 Yoshino Club (Nagoya)
    Semi-final -- 1-0 Waseda High School (Kanto)
    Final -- 2-0 Rijo Club (Chugoku)

  • 4th Kanto University League
    Division 1 - 6 schools
    (1) University of Tokyo W5 (F13 A3)
    (2) Keio University W2 D2 L1
    (3) Waseda University W2 D1 L2
    (4) First High School W2 D1 L2
    (5) Tokyo Normal Higher School W2 L3
    (6) Hosei University L5

National Team

  • 8th Far Eastern Championship Games
    (August, Shanghai, 3-nation league)
    August 27 -- Japan 1-5 Republic of China
    August 29 -- Japan 2-1 Philippines


  • Jan Japan Sumo Association founded
  • Mar Tango Earthquake. 3000 dead, 12,584 homes collapsed
  • Aug Play-by-play coverage of 13th National Junior High School Baseball Championship broadcast by NHK Radio. Beginnings of play-by-play sports broadcasting
  • Sep Debut performance of "Mon Paris" at Takarazuka Revue a great hit
  • Nov First Meiji Holiday (Meiji Emperor's Birthday). Total of 800,000 worship at Meiji Shrine throughout day and night
  • Apr Chiang Kai-shek engages in anti-Communist coup d'etat. Establishes government in Nanking
  • May Charles Lindbergh succeeds with first non-stop flight over Atlantic Ocean (33 hours, 29 minutes, 30 seconds)
  • Oct Mao Zedong establishes revolutionary base in Jinggangshan, Jiangxi Province