June 8, 1963|
Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
In the 2006 World Cup, he refereed first round matches between Poland and Ecuador in Group A, and between England and Trinidad and Tobago in Group B. He also refereed the third place playoff match between Germany and Portugal.
He was the AFC Referee of the Year in 2002, and the J. League Referee of the Year in 2003 and 2006.
Kamikawa became the first Asian referee to officiate a Russian Premier League match when he refereed a match between Luch-Energia Vladivostok and Spartak Moscow on August 20, 2006 in Vladivostok.
Before becoming a referee, he played football as a forward. He was educated at and played for Kagoshima National College of Technology and Tokai University. He represented Japan at an underage level in 1981. After the graduation, he joined Japan Soccer League side Fujita S.C. (current Shonan Bellmare) and finished his playing career there in 1991.
He announced his retirement from the international game in October 2006 partly because of his knee injury although he still had two years before he reached the mandatory retirement age of an international referee. He quit refereeing entirely in January 2007. He now works for the Japan Football Association to help younger referees to develop their skills.
- The St. Petersburg Times - Sport - Sports Watch
- Japanese referee to officiate Vladivostok football match – Sports – Vladivostok News Archived 2007-11-01 at the Wayback Machine
- Japan Football Association Official Web Site Developing top-class refs -Kamikawa's new challenge article retrieved on February 8, 2009