Who are Japan's most successful players in Europe?

With Japan celebrating its national day, which players top the nation's UEFA Champions League rankings?

Atsuto Uchida, Shinji Kagawa, Takumi Minamino, Shunsuke Nakamura
Atsuto Uchida, Shinji Kagawa, Takumi Minamino, Shunsuke Nakamura ©Getty Images

Most appearances by a Japanese player in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
33:
Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund, Manchester United)
31: Atsuto Uchida (Schalke)
19: Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic)
11: Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moskva)
11: Shinji Ono (Feyenoord)
15: Yuto Nagatomo (Internazionale, Galatasaray)
7: Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal, Galatasaray)
7: Takumi Minamino (Salzburg)
7: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester)
6: Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg)
6: Yuya Kubo (Young Boys)
6: Takayuki Suzuki (Genk)

Top-scoring Japanese players in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)
4: Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund, Manchester United)
3: Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moskva)
2: Yuya Kubo (Young Boys)
2: Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic)
2: Takumi Minamino (Salzburg)
2: Shinji Ono (Feyenoord)
1: Mike Havenaar (Den Haag)
1: Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal, Galatasaray)
1: Daigo Kobayashi (Stabæk)
1: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester)
1: Atomu Tanaka (HJK Helsinki)
1: Atsuto Uchida (Schalke)

Galatasaray's Yuto Nagatomo
Galatasaray's Yuto Nagatomo©AFP/Getty Images

Most appearances by Japanese players in UEFA club competition*
53: Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund, Manchester United)
40: Atsuto Uchida (Schalke)
33: Hidetoshi Nakata (Perugia, Roma, Parma, Bolton)
32: Shinji Ono (Feyenoord)
31: Takayuki Seto (Astra Giurgiu)
30: Yuto Nagatomo (Internazionale)
29: Takumi Minamino (Salzburg)
24: Yuya Kubo (Young Boys, Gent)
22: Shinji Okazaki (Stuttgart, Mainz, Leicester)
22: Hidetoshi Wakui (Nõmme Kalju)

Keisuke Honda in action for CSKA
Keisuke Honda in action for CSKA©Getty Images

Top-scoring Japanese players in UEFA club competition*
11:
Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund, Manchester United)
9: Takumi Minamino (Salzburg)
5: Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moskva)
5: Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal, Fulham, Galatasaray)
5: Shinji Ono (Feyenoord)
5: Hidetoshi Wakui (Nõmme Kalju)
4: Hidetoshi Nakata (Perugia, Roma, Parma, Bolton)
4: Yuya Kubo (Young Boys)
4: Shinji Okazaki (Stuttgart, Mainz, Leicester)
3: Atomu Tanaka (HJK Helsinki)

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First Japanese player to win a UEFA trophy
Shinji Ono (Feyenoord 3-2 Borussia Dortmund, 2002 UEFA Cup)

*UEFA club competitions means European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, European/South American Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup

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