The sudden death of Masakazu Urushiyama has come as a great shock to the international football community of Tokyo. Kazu, as we all know him, has been an integral part of Footy Japan Competitions since the start of the League back in 2004. He has been our longest serving referee, officiating over matches in all 21 seasons and also childrens matches for British Football Academy. His friendly manner, unbiased officiating and humbleness to admit when he was at fault ('My bad!') made him a favourite amongst many captains and players. Without his dedication to football & refereeing, travelling to far off pitches in all weathers to take charge over 22 players who question or moan about every decision, the Tokyo Metropolis League would have struggled to complete all the fixtures in many seasons. He has helped bring & nurture new referees in the league and will leave a void that is difficult to fill. He will be hugely missed by everyone involved in the league and FJ competitions. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, children and grandchildren.
May you rest in peace Kazu.
Kazu's funeral will be held on Sunday February 11th.
His family wishes to keep it small, with only relatives and closest friends attending. Those who wish to pay their respects and/or send flowers can do so only through the following site: