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Japan Football Hall of Fame

1st group of inductees, 2005
7th JFA President (term: 1992-1994)
Born on June 27, 1915.
Graduates from Tohoku Imperial University.
Vice-president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Appointed as president of the JFA after spells as auditor and vice-president. Files Japan窶冱 candidacy as hosts of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in 1993.
Takes positions such as chairman of the board of the Japan Soccer League as head of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Football Club.
Also holds positions as chairman of the board of the Japan Sports Association and as member of the board of the Japanese Olympic Committee.
Passes away in 1994.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum


Retained the passion of the Inter-High and built on the successes of the company team to usher in a whole new era

The fourth president of the JFA,Yuzuru Nozu (1899-1983), founded the All-Japan High School Football Tournament (Inter-High) while still at Tokyo Imperial University (now the University of Tokyo), and is well known that this led to much footballing development in places such as the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University and, ultimately, to significant advances in Japanese football as a whole.

The fifth president, Tomisaburo Hirai, was not a footballer himself, but had been a classmate at the University of Tokyo and a close friend of Hideo Shinojima - a member of the Japanese national team at the 9th Far Eastern Championship Games in 1930 - and took the role of president at Shinojima's request.

Meanwhile, the seventh president, Hideo Shimada (1915-2005), was of a slightly younger age than Shinojima (1910-1975), but was indeed an old boy of the former high school system who had had his passion ignited by the Inter-High competition.

Both his elementary school and junior high school were affiliated with Tokyo Normal Higher School - the latter being the school with the longest history of passion for football in Tokyo - and this enabled Shimada to grow perfectly familiar with the ball from an early age.

However, there is no record of him having played regularly in official matches for the Tokyo Normal Higher School-Affiliated Junior High School, and his real activity as a player began after moving to Mito High School (now Ibaraki University). Although he was never to achieve victory in the Inter-High, he devoted himself to his training and appeared for Mito High School as a defensive midfielder or centre half for three years.

After high school, he moved on not to the University of Tokyo but to Tohoku University, before taking employment with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries after graduation. Called to serve in the armed forces in 1941, Shimada ended up being interned in a Siberian labour camp after the end of the war (in 1945), but after returning to his position with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries following his release in 1947, he devoted his energy to the development of football within the company. The company's football club, which had previously been based in the Kobe dockyards, was moved to the head office in Tokyo in 1958, and rose to the higher ranks of the All-Japan Company Football Tournament.

The team joined the Japan Soccer League (JSL), which began competition the year after the Tokyo Olympic Games, and the combination of club director Hideo Shimada and general manager Yoshisada Okano (Hiroshima High School, Kyoto University) worked tirelessly to develop their football club.

The Mitsubishi Group was and is a company of enormous scale even amongst the major Japanese companies, and with the additional support of Mitsubishi Kasei Industries Corporation President Hideo Shinojima, played a significant hole in the development of Japanese football. However, the rise of the football club belonging to the group's key component, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, to the very top of the JSL – with players such as Ryuichi Sugiyama, Kenzo Yokoyama, and Hiroshi Katayama going on to represent the Japanese national team – was a truly great achievement. In addition, a backup structure was also put in place, with a Mitsubishi League consisting of three divisions and 20 teams from within Mitsubishi Group, and large numbers of spectators were attracted to watch this major football club in spite of the fact that it remained strictly amateur.

As well as setting up this structure to strengthen the football club within his own company, Shimada served on the board of the JFA from 1976, becoming vice-president in 1986. Throughout a period of relative stagnation for Japanese football, he provided able assistance to the fifth and sixth presidents, Tomisaburo Hirai and Shizuo Fujita, as well as back up to the executive director, Ken Naganuma.

After persevering for so long throughout a period of laying solid foundations for the sport, Shimada was finally able to welcome the dawn of a new, spectacular era for Japanese football as JFA president from 1992 to 1994, during which the J League began competition and Japan was officially put forward as a candidate to host the 2002 World Cup.


  • 27 June 1915 - Born in Okayama Prefecture.
  • 1928 - Graduates from the Tokyo Normal Higher School-Affiliated Elementary School. Enters the similarly-affiliated junior high school.
  • 1933 - Graduates from junior high school. Moves to Mito High School (now Ibaraki University).
  • 1934 - Appears at the 11th All-Japan High School (Inter-High) Football Tournament in the half-back (defensive midfield) position. After successfully winning through their first round, second round, and quarter-final matches, Mito High School are eventually beaten 6-1 by the Sixth Higher School (now Okayama University) in the semi-final.
  • 1935 - Mito High School are beaten, once again by the Sixth Higher School, in the second round of the 12th All-Japan High School Football Tournament.
  • January 1936 - Mito High School lose to the Hokkaido University Preparatory School in the second round of the 13th All-Japan High School Football Tournament.
    April - Graduates from Mito High School, and moves to Tohoku Imperial University (now Tohoku University).
  • March 1940 - Graduates from the Faculty of Law at Tohoku Imperial University.
    April - Enters employment at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
  • 1941 - Called up to serve in the armed forces.
  • 1945 - Interned in a Siberian labour camp after the end of the war.
  • 1947 - Returns home from Siberia.
  • 1948 - Returns to work at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
  • 1965 - Japan Soccer League (JSL) founded. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Football Club joins the new league. Hideo Shimada is appointed club manager, and Yoshisada Okano is appointed team manager.
  • 1969 - Appointed as director of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries General Affairs Department.
  • 1975 - Retires as football club manager at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. During his time at the helm, the team won the JSL title three times and the Emperor's Cup three times.
  • 1976 - Appointed to the newly-reformed board of the Japan Football Association (JFA).
  • 1980 - Becomes vice-president of the JFA.
  • 1981 - Appointed as vice-president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
  • 1992 - Becomes the 7th president of the JFA.
  • 1993 - Oversees start of the Japan Professional Football League (J League).
  • 1994 - Becomes honorary president of the JFA.
  • 27 May 2005 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the first group of inductees.
    3 November - Passes away.