FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima was elected as the next Japan Football Association president.
Tashima, the current vice president, won 40 of the 75 eligible votes in the JFA council while his opponent, general secretary Hiromi Hara, had 34. There was one blank vote in the JFA’s first-ever presidential election.
The 58-year-old Tashima will formally take office on March 27, when he replaces Kuniya Daini on a two-year term.
Tashima made it clear his responsibilities for FIFA will not interfere with his work for the JFA.
“I’ve had lots of questions about whether I can juggle the two jobs,” Tashima said during his unveiling as president elect. “Some people think that if you are on the FIFA executive committee, you live in Zurich. But you’re only actually there three, four times a year for meetings — when things are normal, that is.
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