With the addition of three more of his countrymen this season (Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United and Tadanari Lee and Maya Yoshida), the 19-year-old believes interest from his native Japan is at an all-time high.
“In Japan there is a huge interest in Premier League football," he told the Wigan Athletic website.
“Most of the games that are shown on television are from the Premier League, the people in Japan love it.
“I saw players like Junichi Inamoto and Hidetoshi Nakata both play in the Premier League and when I was young they were the role models that people in Japan could look up to.
“I would like to become a role model like they were when they played in England and it is a great thing that there are more Japanese players in the Premier League now.”