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For Rich Freeman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan-Tonga rugby relationship steeped in history and culture

Rugby Aug 2, 2019

Japan-Tonga rugby relationship steeped in history and culture

Japan's first international foe may have been Canada, and its most regular opponent South Korea, but it is Tonga with whom it has the closest rugby relationship, a rapport that would never have existed without one man's love of the abacus. Five players, either born ...

Japan showing off new tricks ahead of World Cup

Rugby Jul 28, 2019

Japan showing off new tricks ahead of World Cup

The tone for Japan's win over Fiji on Saturday was set as early as the third minute when match captain Pieter "Lappies" Labuschagne overruled the wishes of Yu Tamura and told his flyhalf to take the points on offer rather than kick for the ...

Japan ramps up Rugby World Cup prep

Rugby Jun 24, 2019

Japan ramps up Rugby World Cup prep

The Brave Blossoms began the second stage of their pre-Rugby World Cup camp on Monday in Miyazaki with head coach Jamie Joseph saying Japan is at the stage where it's respected, but perhaps not feared. However the New Zealander told Kyodo News he is confident ...