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Ginnosuke Tanaka

Ginnosuke Tanaka
Ginnosuke Tanaka
Born (1873-01-20)January 20, 1873
Died August 27, 1933(1933-08-27) (aged 60)

Ginnosuke Tanaka (田中 銀之助 Tanaka Ginnosuke, January 20, 1873 - August 27, 1933) is credited with the introduction of rugby to Japan. He was educated at the Leys School in Cambridge and then Trinity Hall, a college of Cambridge University.[1] He introduced rugby to students at Keio University, in 1899, with the help of Edward Bramwell Clarke. Later, he pursued a career in banking.

See also


  1. ^ "Tanaka, Ginnosuke Gisei (TNK893GG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  • For the historical background see 'Britain's Contribution to the Development of Rugby Football in Japan 1874-1998' by Alison Nish, Chapter 27, Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits , Volume III, Japan Library, 1999 ISBN 1-873410-89-1
  • Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan, by Noboru Koyama, translated by Ian Ruxton,, 2004. ISBN 1-4116-1256-6).

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