Referees from Japan

Ryuji Sato
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown:
Internationally quite busy but always in the second tier: AFC Cup and Challenge Cup, in 2012 Sato took charge of the final of the latter.
Yuichi Nishimura
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown: Tokyo
Yuichi Nishimura had to stop a match between Al Karama (Syria) and Al Qadisiya (Kuwait) in Syria for twenty minutes when spectators started to throw stuff on the field after a smok
Minoru Tojo
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown:
Tojo is an AFC Elite referee.
Masaaki Toma Iemoto
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Hiroshima
Masaaki Iemoto Toma is on the AFC Elite referee list.
Jumpei Iida
Intl. since: 2011
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Yudai Yamamoto
Intl. since: 2011
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Hiroyuki Kimura
Intl. since: 2014
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Hiroyoshi Takayama
Intl. since: 2004
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Takayama was on the AFC Elite referee list in 2008.
Masayoshi Okada
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
Okada took charge of one match in the 1998 World Cup. He was invited to officiate in the 1999 Copa America.
Toru Kamikawa
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Ebina City
Iran striker Mohammad Ali Karimi once kicked him in the shin after Kamikawa sent off a team-mate.
Kenji Ogiya
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retired internationally at the end of 2010.
Hajime Matsuo
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Retired internationally at the end of 2010.
Takuto Okabe
Intl. since: 2015
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Kazuhiko Matsumura
Intl. since: 1999
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AFC Elite referee Matsumura - in the J League since December 1995 - was an international referee from 1999 till the end of 2008, when he reached the retirement age of 45.
Yusuke Araki
Intl. since: 2017
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Shizuo Takada
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Shin-Ichiro Obata
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Toshikazu Sano
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ibaragi
Toshikazu Sano officiated at the Olympic Games 1984 in Los Angeles.
Yozo Yokoyama
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
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Kiichiro Tachi
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Toshio Asami
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Urawa / Nagoya / Yokohama
Toshio Asami was born in Saitama Prefecture on 3 October 1933 and was active as FIFA referee from 1961 to 1983.
Sachiko Yamagishi
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Sachiko Baba
Intl. since:
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Sachiko Baba, AFC referee of the year 2008, took charge of a matches in the (men's) AFC u16 Cup in 2007 and 2009. For some reason Baba did not appear anymore on the FIFA list in 20
Toshimitsu Yoshida
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ibaraki
Toshimitsu Yoshida will be remembered by an error he made in the 2006 World Cup qualifier Uzbekistan - Bahrain.
Yoshimi Yamashita
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Yoshitsugo Katayama
Intl. since:
Hometown: Kyoto
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Kazuo Yasudo
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
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Yoshimi Ogawa
Intl. since:
Hometown:
In his function as AFC Referees director Ogawa stated goal-line technology could be the best possible solution to whether the ball had actually crossed the goal-line or not. It is
Naotsugu Fuse
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
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Yoshiyuki Maruyama
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Tokyo, Tochigi Prefecture
Maruyama was elected to Japan Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Etsuko Fukano
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown:
Etsuko Fukano is an AFC Elite woman Referee. She was active in the u20 women WC of 2010 in Germany and the u17 women WC of 2008. In the first one she got 2 matches and in the secon
Junichi Nishi
Intl. since:
Hometown: Osaka
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Masatoshi Nagashima
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
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Shunsaku Nakanishi
Intl. since:
Hometown: Saitama
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Sano Toshikazu
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Hiroyuki Umemoto
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Shigeaki Murakata
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
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Kiyoshi Ota
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Hiroshi Tanabe
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Morisaburo Kuramochi
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Hometown: Urawa
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Hirofumi Yamanishi
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Joji Kashihara
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Genichi Fukushima
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Tokyo
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Tadashi Kimura
Intl. since:
Hometown: Amagasaki
Ken-Ichiro Tezuka
Intl. since:
Hometown: Yokohama
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Shojiro Nomura
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
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Tokizo Ichihashi
Intl. since:
Hometown: Kobe
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Shozaburo Sugimura
Intl. since:
Hometown: Hyogo
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Takeshi Kamo
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
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Teiichi Matsumaru
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Hometown: Tokyo
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Jun-Ichi Yano
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Hometown: Toyonaka
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Ko Arima
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
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Taro Ikeda
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Hometown: Osaka
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Harutsugu Ninomiya
Intl. since:
Hometown: Kobe
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Kiyokazu Shimizu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Kobe
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Sumio Hayakawa
Intl. since:
Hometown: Kamakura
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Hiroshi Sato
Intl. since:
Hometown: Tokyo
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Kanji Okamura
Intl. since:
Hometown: Kobe
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Sigemaru Takenokoshi
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Hometown: Tokyo
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Testuo Takayama
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Hometown: Osaka
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