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Shunichiro OKANO

Japan Football Hall of Fame

1st group of inductees, 2005
9th JFA President (term: 1998-2002)
Born in Tokyo on August 28, 1931.
Graduates from the University of Tokyo.
After a spell as manager of the Japanese youth national team, becomes coach of the full side for the Games of the 18th Olympiad (1964, Tokyo), before leading the activities of the team as player-coach at the Games of the 19th Olympiad (1968, Mexico City). Achieves third place, and the bronze medal, at the Mexico City Olympics. Becomes manager of the full Japan national team in 1970-71, leading the side to fourth place in the 6th Asian Games (1970, Bangkok).
After spells as board member and vice-president, becomes president of the JFA in 1998. Simultaneously pours efforts into bidding process and hosting of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in roles as executive chairman of the World Cup bidding committee, and as vice-chairman of the Japan World Cup Organising Committee. Responsible for the success of the tournament as committee chairman throughout the event.
Takes roles in FIFA including World Cup Organising Committee member and Olympic Tournament Organising Committee member, as well as working as president as the East Asian Football Federation.
Has also had spells on the Japan Soccer League permanent operating committee, and on the J League board of directors.
Also has executive roles in the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), the Japan Sports Association, and in many other national sport-related bodies, as well as various international multiple sports events hosted in Japan. Devoted particular efforts to the conversion of the JOC into an incorporated foundation as general secretary in 1989. Contributes to the development of global sport as member of the International Olympic Committee from 1990.
Awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honour in 1990, the IOC Silver Pin in 1998, a Blue Dragon Award (sporting honour, Republic of Korea) in 2003, and 3rd Class Order of the Rising Sun in 2004. Many other awards received.
Elected to Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of first group of inductees in 2005.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum

Introduction

Profile

  • 28 August 1931 - Born in Tokyo.
  • April 1938 - Enters Shitaya (now Taito) City Elementary School.
  • April 1944 - Enters the old Tokyo Fifth Junior High School.
  • December 1947 - Appears at the 26th All-Japan Junior High School Football Championship Tournament (now the All-Japan High School Soccer Tournament), where Tokyo Fifth Junior High School loses to the Hiroshima Higher Normal School-Affiliated Junior High School.
  • March 1949 - Graduates from Tokyo Fifth Junior High School.
    April - Enters the Faculty of Science (Department II) at the University of Tokyo, and joins the University of Tokyo football club.
  • January 1953 - The University of Tokyo takes victory in the first All-Japan University Championship (now the University Tournament).
    August - Participates in the Summer International University Sports Week (now the Universiade) with the Japanese national team.
  • March 1957 - Graduates in Psychology from the Faculty of Letters at the University of Tokyo.
  • January-March 1961 - Travels to West Germany to train as a coach.
    April - Manages the Japanese national team at the 3rd Asian Youth Championship.
  • December 1962 - Works with manager Ken Naganuma as coach of the Japanese full national team, aiming to ensure qualification to the Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • October 1964 - Coaches the Japanese national team at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • October 1968 - Coaches the Japanese national team to third place and the bronze medal at the Mexico City Olympic Games.
  • March 1970 - Appointed as manager of the Japanese national team. Serves until October 1971.
  • October 1974 - Joins the board of the Japan Football Association. Becomes executive director of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC).
  • 1977 - Appointed as general secretary of the JOC.
  • 1979 - Appointed to the board of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).
  • 1987 - Named as vice-president of the Japan Football Association.
  • 1989 - Becomes executive director of JOC.
  • September 1990 - Becomes a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • April 1995 - Becomes a member of the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) Olympic Tournaments' Organising Committee. Also joins the World Cup Organising Committee the same year.
  • July 1998 - Appointed as president of the Japan Football Association.
  • May 2002 - Named as the first president of the East Asian Football Federation.
  • July - Becomes honorary president of the Japan Football Association.
  • November 2003 - Named as the first curator of the Japan Football Museum.
  • 27 May 2005 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the first group of inductees.