Japan Football Hall of Fame
Graduates from Waseda University.
Heads the Kolkata branch and the machinery division of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., before becoming executive management director of Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Co., Ltd.
While working at the company's London branch office, fulfils a local commission as representative of the JFA.
Active as an international referee from 1951, and officiates as referee in the final of the 3rd Asian Games (1958, Tokyo).
Holds posts including JFA board member, chair of the referees' committee, Kanto Football Association board member, and president of the Referees' Association of Japan.
Leads football refereeing in Japan, and inspires many successors.
Elected to Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of first group of inductees in 2005.
*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum
- 11 May 1913 - Born in Tokyo.
- March 1931 - Graduates from Tokyo Prefectural Eighth Junior High School. April - Enters Waseda University First Senior High School, where he joins the association football club, playing as a goalkeeper.
- 1936 - Becomes manager of his university's association football club.
- March 1937 - Graduates from the Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering.
April - Joins Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
July - Takes part in a referee training session run by the Greater Japan Football Association (now the Japan Football Association, JFA).
- 1951 - Registered as a JFA international referee (until 1961).
- 1 June 1958 - Referees the final of the football tournament at the 3rd Asian Games. Receives a FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) international referee chest badge.
December - Accompanies the Japanese national team on their tour of Malaysia as a referee and tour manager.
- 1959 - Appointed as acting director of Mitsui's office in London (serving until 1961). Also serves as the JFA's representative in the United Kingdom during this time, collecting information ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games and responsible for negotiations with the FA (Football Association) in England.
- 1963 - Appointed as director of Mitsui's office in Kolkata.
- 1967 - Appointed as an executive director of Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Co., Ltd (MODEC).
- 1986 - Reaches retirement age and leaves his position on the board of the JFA.
- 2005 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the first group of inductees.
- 6 September 2007 - Passes away at the age of 94.
The 1st inauguration ceremony for the Japan Football Hall of Fame. In the front row are inductees (from left) Kamamoto, Yaegashi, Naganuma, Murakata, Cramer, Okano, Hiraki, and Sugiyma. On the far left of the back row is Captain Kawabuchi of the JFA.
Shigeaki Murakata. With his face plate at the Hall of Fame. (C) J. LEAGUE PHOTOS