After the shock of their quarterfinal exit at January's AFC Asian Cup, 2015 turned out to be a decent year for Japanese football.
But with Shinji Okazaki playing an influential role at English Premier League leaders Leicester City, it's the progress of another Europe-based Shinji that remains the obsession of Japanese fans.
Here are five hopes for Japanese football in 2016.
1. Kagawa's continued resurgence
Shinji Kagawa's time in Europe has been a rollercoaster affair. His first spell with Borussia...