Nakajima playing for Japan in 2016
|Full name||Emi Nakajima|
|Date of birth||September 27, 1990|
|Place of birth||Yasu, Shiga, Japan|
|Height||1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)|
|INAC Kobe Leonessa|
|2009–||INAC Kobe Leonessa||168||(30)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of December 31, 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 11, 2018
Emi Nakajima(中島 依美Nakajima Emi, born September 27, 1990) is a Japanese football player. She plays for INAC Kobe Leonessa and Japan national team.
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|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Total|
|INAC Kobe Leonessa||2009||11||1||3||1||–||14||2|
|Japan national team|
|1.||21 July 2010||Bielefelder Alm, Bielefeld||1–0||3–1||2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup|
|1.||20 July 2013||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul||2–0||2–0||2013 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup|
|2.||18 May 2014||Gò Đậu Stadium, Thủ Dầu Một||2-0||7-0||2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup|
|4.||18 September 2014||Yamagata Park Stadium, Yamagata||5-0||5-0||International friendly|
|5.||26 September 2014||Hwaseong Sports Complex, incheon||3-0||9-0||2014 Asian Games|
|6.||4 August 2015||Wuhan Sports Center, Wuhan||1-0||1-2||2015 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup|
|7.||7 March 2016||Kincho Stadium, Osaka Prefecture||4-1||6-1||2016 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament|
|8.||22 October 2017||Nagano U Stadium, Nagano||1-0||2-0||International friendly|
|9.||8 December 2017||Chiba Soga Football Stadium||2-1||3-2||2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship (women)|
|10.||28 February 2018||Estádio Municipal Da Bela Vista||2-6||2-6||2018 Algarve Cup|
|11.||1 April 2018||Transcosmos Stadium Nagasaki||4-1||7-1||International friendly|
|12.||7 April 2018||King Abdullah II Stadium||2-0||4-0||2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup|
|13.||21 August 2018||Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium||3-0||7-0||2018 Asian Games|
|14.||27 February 2019||Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania||1–1||2–2||2019 SheBelieves Cup|
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