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Japan Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees



Genzaburo Ishikawa


Category:Extraordinary contributor to the game of basketball

One of 18 of the first members to play the first game of basketball on December 21, 1891 at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts (USA). He left behind a sketch of the first-ever game as a record of the event.

Naruse, Jinzo


Category:Extraordinary Contributor to Basketball

The first individual to introduce women's basketball in Japan. He reached 'The Game of Basketball' from 1894, and Coached Japanese-style basketball at Japan Women's University from 1901.


​Brown, Franklin Hartwell


Category:Extraordinary Contributor to Basketball

He greatly contributed to the growth of basketball while based in Japan's YMCA. The game of basketball was introduced prior to Brown's appearance in Japan, but he contributed to the growth at a national level.

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