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Kansai: What do you make of midfielder Shinji Kagawa’s move to the mighty Manchester United?

by Alan Gibson

Michael M. Parrish
Language instructor, 46 (American)

I know little of football and I don’t know Shinji Kagawa, but even I know Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I am very impressed that a Japanese player will be playing there. I’ll keep my eyes on him!

Jules Fulton
Event promoter, “mature” (Aussie)
It will be great to see a Japanese technician making it in a very physical English game, forging ahead for Asia and Japan. He’s a football ambassador for Japan. It’s a huge market — it’s time to crack it!

Mario Takashima
Personality, 29 (Japanese)
I hope he gets to start games very quickly. It is a fantastic opportunity and achievement. It’s big for Japanese football as a whole, not just for Kagawa, as it will raise the profile of Japanese football in England to new heights!

Yuki Fukuda
Company worker, 33 (Japanese)
It’s a fantastic move for Kagawa, and for Japanese football in general, but I personally wonder if he will suit the English game. I hope so — it will be great for the J. League and the Japan national team.

Agustin Aranda
Student, 24 (Spanish)
I would have preferred to see him in Spain but I think he will do well in England, especially at United, who have not been passing and creating from midfield enough in the past year. He will add a new dimension to the team.

Bahram Enanloo
Founder of NPO Peace & Nature, 47 (Iranian)
I hope he will do very well. He has helped change Japanese football, both in terms of playing style and team style, and it’s the next step for him and for Japanese football.

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