Shigeru Konno (金野 滋 Konno Shigeru?, July 7, 1922 – April 1, 2007), more often known by his nickname of Shiggy Konno, was a noted figure in post-war rugby union in Japan for over fifty years. He was a strong advocate of amateurism in the game.
Konno trained to be one of the last kamikaze pilots, but never flew a mission, because by his own admission he was not a good flyer:
The only reason I am still alive is that I wasn't a very good pilot. That's why my mission was to be the very last. Either that, or they didn't want to damage the plane.
My time for take-off was in early September, 1945. Fortunately, the war ended in the August. If I'd been a good pilot, I wouldn't have been around to talk about it.
In 1968, Konno helped set up the Asian Rugby Football Union, being at various times Secretary General, Director and Honorary Chairman. In 1969, he became Director of the Japan Rugby Football Union, and in 1972 its chairman, a position he held until 1994. He held various other posts in the JRFU until 2007.
His funeral was held at Kōshōden in Zōjō-ji temple in Tokyo.
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- Asian Championship reaches its 40th birthday, on IRB dot com retrieved 7 September 2009
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