The 32-year-old Okazaki is Japan’s third-highest scorer but has failed to find the net for either club or country in a year, while the 29-year-old Kagawa is on the fringes at Dortmund, making just four appearances for the German club this season, Reuters reported.
Head coach Hajime Moriyasu recalled Galatasaray defender Yuto Nagatomo and Hannover 96 striker Takuma Asano, who both sat out Japan’s 4-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan in its final warmup match due to injury.
Red Bull Salzburg Takumi Minamino will offer creativity in midfield, where he is likely to be supported by Portimonense’s Shoya Nakajima and Groningen’s Ritsu Doan.
The Asian Cup, which has been expanded to include 24 teams, will be held in UAE from January 5 to February 1.
Japan, which has been drawn in Group F, kicks off its campaign against Turkmenistan on January 9.
Oman and Uzbekistan are the other teams in the group.
Goalkeepers: Masaaki Higashiguchi, Shuichi Gonda, Daniel Schmidt.
Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Maya Yoshida, Sho Sasaki, Hiroki Sakai, Sei Muroya, Genta Miura, Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Midfielders: Toshihiro Aoyama, Genki Haraguchi, Gaku Shibasaki, Wataru Endo, Junya Ito, Shoya Nakajima, Takumi Minamino, Hidemasa Morita, Ritsu Doan.
Forwards: Yuya Osako, Takuma Asano, Koya Kitagawa.