January 20, 1873|
||August 27, 1933
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. He introduced rugby to students at Keio University, in 1899, with the help of Edward Bramwell Clarke. Later, he pursued a career in banking.
- 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, lulu.com, 2004. ISBN 1-4116-1256-6).