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OSAKA (Kyodo) Defending champion Japan got off to a flying start with an 87-10 romp over Kazakhstan at the Asian Five Nations on Saturday.

Japan shrugged off the slippery conditions on a rainy afternoon and took advantage of its weaker opponent at every turn at Hanazono Ground in Osaka.

Shaun Webb managed to make a half break from a scrum and pitched to Yuta Imamura, who rumbled over on nine minutes for the first of a total of 13 tries for Japan.

The Kazakhs had all but conceded defeat as the hosts went ahead 40-3 by halftime.

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