Top 10 Japanese stars
Yasuhiko Okudera, a Bundesliga and DFB Cup winner with 1. FC Köln, was the first Japanese player to grace the Bundesliga, featuring for the Billy Goats and SV Werder Bremen between 1977 and 1986. He currently holds the Bundesliga record for most appearances (234) by a Japanese player.
In just two years (2010-2012) and 49 Bundesliga outings, Shinji Kagawa managed to rack up a total of 21 goals from Borussia Dortmund, the best goals per game ratio of players from the Far East. He also boasts the most title wins having lifted the Bundesliga plate in both seasons with BVB, as well as the DFB Cup in 2012.
Shinji Okazaki has already written his name into the Bundesliga history books with his 15-goal tally from 2013/14 standing as the most scored by a Japanese player in a single season. 28 goals in 99 games, scored for VfB Stuttgart and current club 1. FSV Mainz 05, the striker broke Okudera's record on Matchday 3 of the 2014/15 campaign
Another German champion from Japan: Makoto Hasebe (r.) won the Bundesliga title with VfL Wolfsburg in 2009. The veteran made 151 top-flight appearances for the Wolves before moving to Eintracht Frankfurt via 1. FC Nürnberg and remains one of only two Japanese players to feature for three different Bundesliga sides.
Since joining FC Schalke 04 in 2010 right-back Atsuto Uchida has gone on to feature in 85 Bundesliga match. The 26-year-old has earned a reputation for his devilish deliveries on the right wing, with eight of his crosses having been converted by team-mates. In 2011 the Royal Blues’ Blue Samurai won the DFB Cup and the Supercup.
Takashi Usami (c.) is the only Japanese player to have been on the books at FC Bayern München, but only made three appearances - all of which ended in victory - for the record titleholders in the 2011/12 campaign. A loan spell with 1899 Hoffenheim the following season saw the diminutive winger score twice in 20 outings.
Having played his part in 135 Bundesliga matches between 2002 and 2008 for Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt, Naohiro Takahara is third in the list of Japanese appearance makers. During that time he found the back of the net 25 times. He scored four coming off the bench making him the most prolific Japanese super sub.
Since 2010 Hajime Hosogai has racked up a total of 84 Bundesliga appearances for Hertha Berlin, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Augsburg. With the exception of Makoto Hasebe, the defensive midfielder stands as the only Japanese international to play for three difference clubs, but only at Augsburg did he get on the scoresheet (3).
Takashi Inui has run out for Eintracht Frankfurt on 49 different occasions since joining them from Bundesliga 2 side VfL Bochum, for whom he scored seven goals in 30 appearances. His record in his first top-flight campaign was just as promising as he netted six times, providing a further nine assists in 33 starts.
Hiroshi Kiyotake just loves scoring from long-range. Five of the seven Bundesliga goals he’s scored in 66 appearances for 1. FC Nürnberg and Hannover 96 have come from outside the box. Furthermore he’s a set-piece specialist with 12 of his dead ball situations leading to goals.