Japan's Brave Blossoms fall to Scotland

Nov 10, 2013

Japan's Brave Blossoms fall to Scotland

Japan wanted an idea of where they stand in world rugby. Saturday’s 42-17 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield showed that while they have the ability to mix it with the big boys, they are still a way off breaking into the top 10. The ...

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

Jul 23, 2013

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

by Hiroshi Harada

Japan and Tonga have developed a bond based on an unusual combination — the abacus and rugby. Sinali Latu, 47, is the product of that unique relationship, which began with the visit in 1976 of a top Japanese abacus teacher to Tonga, whose national ...