Milan have become the first Italian club to open a soccer school in Japan with a view to sourcing young talent.
It's well documented that the Asian market offers massive commercial opportunities for the world's biggest football clubs.
Hidetoshi Nakata's arrival at Perugia in 1998 blazed a trail for the likes of Yuto Nagatomo [pictured] who joined Inter in January.
Milan are following the example set by Barcelona and Valencia who have already set up academies in Japan.
"Japanese footballers are very active in Europe and the objective is to help the football of this country grow even more," said Franco Baresi.
Milan now have 12 soccer schools open worldwide.
The latest will be based in the south of Tokyo.
Former Milan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni is currently in charge of the Japanese national team.
He helped win the Asia Cup earlier this season.
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