Shinji Kagawa is a Japanese player on the world stage who has a long association with Yanmar. With his technical mastery and agility Kagawa competes among the world’s top footballers, and continues to rise to the challenge of international football. Yanmar too strives to work on a global level towards creating a society filled with rich and rewarding experiences, as expressed in our company vision. Together, Kagawa and Yanmar will continue to make great strides on the international stage.
In recent years, Shinji Kagawa and Yanmar have worked in cooperation to support the dreams and aspirations of today’s youth. His desire to help children achieve their dreams and hopes shares much in common with our company spirit of working towards ‘A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE’, especially through educating the next generation.
On Christmas Day 2015, Kagawa visited Yanmar Agri Solution Center in Sendai—the city where he pursued his dream of becoming a professional football player—to both support the area in its earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts as well as to inspire local children.
We hope to engage in similar undertakings in the future.
In the 2010/2011 season Kagawa joined Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund (Germany) and met with great success. He was named in the Bundesliga Best XI and played a major role in the club winning the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 season championships. In 2012 he joined the Premier League’s Manchester United (England) and in 2013 became the first Japanese player to win the league title. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil he was a key component of Japan’s national team, wearing the number 10. In September 2014 he returned to Borussia Dortmund, where he continues to play a leading role in the club as well as on the international stage as part of Japan’s national team.
Shinji Kagawa’s Biography
Kagawa began playing football in kindergarten. In fourth grade he was selected to be on the team of his hometown, Kobe. After graduating from elementary school he attended middle school in Sendai City (Miyagi Prefecture), where he continued to develop his football. During this time he was part of the FC Miyagi Barcelona junior youth team.
With his blossoming talent, he was subsequently selected for the U15 Japan national team. During his second year in high school he participated in the Sendai Cup International Youth Football Tournament as a member of the U18 Tohoku team. Kagawa made a strong impression and was selected as one of the tournament’s most valuable players.
Playing for Cerezo Osaka
In 2005 when he was in his second year of high school, Kagawa entered into a provisional contract with the J.League’s Cerezo Osaka and joined the following year in 2006.
Beginning the 2007 season as part of the J2 League he secured a regular place in the team and scored five goals in thirty-five league matches. From the beginning of the 2008 season he was the club’s leading player and in 2009 was a major driving force that led to the club being promoted to the J1 League. After being selected to be part of Japan’s U19 national team, he jumped up to the U23 Beijing Olympic national team and in 2008 was selected as a member of the national team (Samurai Blue).
Yanmar will continue to challenge itself on the world stage. Through our cultivation and support of professional football we aim to become a major global player recognized by customers worldwide.