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Japan Football Hall of Fame

1st group of inductees, 2005
Born in Iwate Prefecture on March 24, 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.
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.
Appointed as manager of the Furukawa Electric team in 1967 (while continuing as a player). Appointed as manager of the Fujitsu team in 1977. Leaves the post in 1978, but returns to the helm as Fujitsu manager again between 1985 and 1988.
Elected to Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of first group of inductees in 2005.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum



  • 24 March 1933 - Born in Daejon on the Korean peninsula (now part of South Korea).
  • August 1945 - The Pacific War comes to an end during Yaegishi's first year at Daejon Junior High School. His family relocate to the town of Towa (now Hanamaki City) in Iwate Prefecture, where he joins Morioka Junior High School (now Morioka First High School) and plays football for the first time.
  • January 1951 - Morioka First High School represents the Tohoku region in the 29th All-Japan High School Soccer Tournament. Yaegishi plays as a forward, but his team are eliminated in the first round by Kochi High School of Agriculture.
    May - Plays in the 31st Emperor's Cup (at the Miyagino Soccer Stadium in Sendai) as a member of Morioka Soccer Club, but again suffers defeat in the first round.
  • March 1952 - Graduates from Morioka First High School and enters Chuo University.
  • 1954 - Moves to Waseda University, where he wins three Kanto University League titles, two East-West University Challenge Match victories, and one University Tournament title. Plays a leading role as Waseda University dominates Japanese student football.
  • June 1956 - Helps Japan overcome South Korea in Asian qualifying to win a place at the Olympic Games in Melbourne.
    November - Plays as part of the Japan side that loses 2-0 to Australia in the first round of the Olympic Games proper.
  • March 1958 - Graduates from Waseda University and joins Furukawa Electric, where he helps the company's football club enter a golden era.
    May - Represents the Japanese national team at the 3rd Asian Games (in Tokyo; Japan loses both of its matches).
  • August 1960 - Meets Dettmar Cramer at a Sportschule in Duisburg, West Germany, and receives his coaching for the first time.
  • August 1962 - Represents the Japanese national team at the 4th Asian Games (in Jakarta; Japan wins one and loses two of its matches).
  • October 1964 - The Japanese national team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo comes from behind to beat Argentina 3-2 in the opening group round, before losing 4-0 to Czechoslovakia in the quarter final.
  • April 1965 - The first Japan Soccer League season kicks off. At the age of 32, Yaegishi demonstrates the experience of a veteran to help support his Furukawa Electric team.
  • December 1966 - Represents the Japanese national team at the 5th Asian Games (in Bangkok; Japan finishes third, winning the bronze medal).
  • September-October 1967 - The Japanese national team wins the Asian Zone 1 qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Mexico City.
  • October 1968 - Japan finishes third in the football tournament at the Mexico City Olympic Games, winning the bronze medal. The team is also presented with the Fair Play Award.
  • July-October 1969 - Works as assistant coach to Dettmar Cramer at the 1st FIFA Coaching School.
  • 1977 - Appointed as manager of the Fujitsu Soccer Club, where he builds the foundations for the team in the Japan Soccer League, and paves the way towards its professional era as Kawasaki Frontale.
  • 27 May 2005 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the first group of inductees.