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Genichi FUKUSHIMA

Japan Football Hall of Fame

2nd group of inductees, 2006
Born in Miyagi Prefecture on April 6, 1911.
Graduates from the Nippon Institute of Dentistry (now the Nippon Dental University).
First learns soccer at the Tokyo Prefectural Fifth Junior High School (now Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa High School), before going on to play the sport at the Nippon Institute of Dentistry and at the Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Serves as linesman at the 16th All-Japan Championship Tournament (which also served as the 2nd All-Japan General Championship), and later becomes a JFA referees, making a great contribution to the improvement of refereeing ability and the organisation of refereeing in Japan.
International referee in 1958-66, and again in 1967-70. Attended the 5th FIFA Referees' Course in Florence in 1961. Gains experience in overseas competitions such as the Asian Youth Championships and the Merdeka Tournament, before serving as referee for the match between Hungary and Yugoslavia at the Games of the 18th Olympiad (Tokyo) in Tokyo. Clears what is at the time a difficult condition of having refereed in at least ten international "A" matches in 1969, and becomes the first Japanese recipient of the FIFA Referees' Special Award. Officiates at 22 JSL matches (1965-70).
Devotes efforts to setting up a referees' committee and a refereeing system, and sat on the board of the JFA as director of the referees' committee in 1965-71. Also focuses on improving the referee training system, contributing to the training and development of his successors. Chairs the referees' governing committee of the Kanto Football Association, and becomes vice-president of the Referees' Association of Japan.
Serves as president of the Suginami-ku Football Association and as vice-president of the Suginami-ku Sports Association, contributing greatly to the popularisation and development of soccer in his home town. Receives Sports Certificate of Merit from the Minister of Education in 1984.
Passes away in 1994.
Elected into Japan Football Hall of Fame as part of second group of inductees in 2006.

*Information supplied by Japan Football Museum

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  • 6 April 1911 - Born in Miyagi Prefecture.
  • 1924 - Enters the Tokyo Prefectural Fifth Junior High School (now Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa High School) as part of its sixth year of pupils, and plays football for the first time. Three of his elders in their third years - Teiichi Matsumaru, Teizo Takeuchi, and Hoji Abe - would go on to play for the Japanese national team.
  • 1928 - Fukushima is called up to represent a Kanto Select XI against the Second Junior High School of Nihon University in the All-Japan Junior High School Football Championship Tournament, playing at half-back.
  • 1929 - Graduates from the Tokyo Prefectural Fifth Junior High School, and moves to the Nippon Institute of Dentistry.
  • 1932 - Joins the Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company. Plays football for the company team.
  • 1936 - Serves as a linesman at the 16th All-Japan Championship Tournament (which also served as the 2nd All-Japan General Championship).
  • 1952 - Works to set up the "Tokyo Shijukara Club" for old boys from major universities in the Kanto region to continue playing football.
  • 1958 - Becomes an international referee (serving until 1970).
  • 1961 - Attends the 5th FIFA Referees' Course in Florence.
  • 1964 - Serves as as referee for the third match in Group B, between Hungary and Yugoslavia, at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Yoshiyuki Maruyama serves as linesman in the same game.
  • 1965 - Appointed as head referee for the JSL (officiating in 22 matches until 1970). Sits on the board of the JFA as director of the referees' committee (until 1971).
  • 1969 - Becomes the first Japanese recipient of the FIFA Referees' Special Award.
  • 1984 - Receives the Sports Certificate of Merit from the Minister of Education.
  • 1994 - Passes away at the age of 83.
  • 23 May 2006 - Elected into the Japan Hall of Fame as part of the second group of inductees.
[Other positions held]
Chair of the Kanto Football Association referees' governing committee
Vice-president of the Referees' Association of Japan
President of the Suginami-ku Football Association
Vice-president of the Suginami-ku Sports Association