Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees outfielder, reached 4000th hit in his career tonight (21, Aug 2013). No one will deny his prodigious sense of baseball but he is not on the top page of MLB stats database as well as Japan's NPB's .
He started in 1992 his professional career in Orix Blue Wave of Kobe and had collected 1278 hits during 9 seasons. This number is far below the top 100 hitters listed on the NPB official page.
Ichiro moved to the United States in 2001 to play for the Seattle Mariners. As of today, he added to his achievement 2722 hits, which is ranked only 59th in MLB stats all-time total hits..
Playing customs, length of the season (130 games in Japan vs 160 in MLB) or ball itself is different between 2 leagues. Like many international statistical data, comparison by number is not so easy as it seems.
Sorry for my poor English!