Japan Football Hall of Fame
Graduates from Waseda University.
Plays football at Meiji Gakuin Junior High School, Waseda First Higher School, and Waseda University. Becomes one of the coaching successors to Kyaw Din, and one of the key members of the foundation period of soccer at the university. Appeared at the 8th Far Eastern Championship Games (Shanghai) in 1927 while still a student, and scored a goal in the match against the Republic of China.
Appointed as director of the Hyogo Branch of the Kansai Football Association in 1931, before later becoming the first president of the Hyogo Football Association (appointed in 1939) and the president of Kansai Football Association (appointed in 1957). Focuses efforts into the promotion of football in the Kansai region and in Hyogo Prefecture.
Appointed as standing director of the JFA in 1951, before serving as vice-president for almost 20 years from 1957 to 1976, focusing attention on promoting the Games of the 18th Olympiad (Tokyo) and on various areas of footballing activities, and supporting the recovery and development of the sport in Japan.
Also appointed as first head of the Kobe Boys' Soccer School, which the Kobe Soccer Friends Association established ahead of the rest of the country back in 1965. Promotes the development of the Friends Association in 1970 with the foundation of Kobe Football Club Co., the first football club in Japan to be an incorporated institution, to which he is appointed as first president. Contributes to the spread and development of boys' soccer.
Awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honour in 1966, the 3rd Class Order of the Rising Sun in 1974, and the Silver Cup in 1978.
Passes away in 1978.
Elected into Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of second group of inductees in 2006.
*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum
- 16 December 1903 - Born in Hyogo Prefecture.
- April 1918 - Joins the football club at Meiji Gakuin Junior High School.
- April 1921 - Enters Waseda First Higher School.
- 1923 - Accompanies Kyaw Din, a visiting student from Burma (Myanmar), on his coaching tour of the company. Serves as assistant coach in the sessions at Mikage Normal School.
- April 1924 - Moves to Waseda University, where he joins the university association football club.
- 1927 - Appears at the 8th Far Eastern Championship Games (Shanghai) with the Japanese national team, and scores a goal in the match against the Republic of China. Leads the Waseda University football team as captain.
- March 1928 - Graduates from Waseda University.
- 1931 - Appointed as director of the Hyogo Branch of the Kansai Football Association.
- 1935 - Appointed as the second president of the Tamai Steamship Company (serving until 1947), following the death of his father.
- 1939 - Appointed as the first president of the Hyogo Football Association.
- 1951 - Appointed as standing director of the JFA. Returns to his former post as president of the Tamai Steamship Company.
- 1957 - Appointed as president of Kansai Football Association, and as vice-president of the JFA (serving until 1976).
- 29 December 1963 - The "Kobe Soccer Friends Association" - the first ever municipal sports club in Japan with a corporate status - is founded. Tamai is appointed as the association's inaugural president. Doctor Masanobu Kato is appointed as head of the association's secretariat.
- 1965 - Appointed as inaugural head of the Kobe Boys' Soccer School.
- 1966 - Awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honour.
- 1970 - "Kobe Football Club Co." - the first football club in Japan to be an incorporated institution - is founded. As the inaugural president, Tamai works to promote the spread and rise of boys' soccer.
- 1974 - Awarded the 3rd Class Order of the Rising Sun.
- 1978 - Awarded the Silver Cup.
- 23 December 1978 - Passes away.
- 1979 - Posthumously given the Senior Fourth Rank.
- 23May 2006 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the second group of inductees.
Tamai's face plate at the Hall of Fame. (C) J. LEAGUE PHOTOS
Copyright © Japan Soccer Archive. All Rights Reserved.