Arsenal, led by Olivier Giroud's third minute strike, marked manager Arsene Wenger's return to his former club Nagoya Grampus with a 3-1 win over the J.League side.
Japan striker Kisho Yano, a member of the Blue Samura's 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, has returned to former club Albirex Niigata from German side Freiburg.
Bundesliga side Freiburg have signed Belarus midfielder Anton Putsilo from Dinamo Minsk on a one-year contract.
Freiburg have completed the signing of 26-year-old Japan international Kisho Yano from J-League side Albirex Niigata.
Albirex Niigata striker Kisho Yano has departed for Germany today to negotiate transfer terms with Bundesliga club Freiburg.
Defending champions Kashima Antlers suffered a demoralising third straight defeat, losing 4-1 against Nagoya Grampus at Kashima Soccer Stadium.