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Japan was forced to rally from a nervy start and a one-set deficit against Venezuela but got its Olympic qualification campaign off to a positive start on Saturday with a 3-1 win as the battle for Rio 2016 men’s volleyball places began in Tokyo.

The high-flying trio of Kunihiro Shimizu (21 points), Masahiro Yanagida (15) and Yuki Ishikawa (19) lived up to their star billing, providing the bulk of the Asian champions’ scoring punch in the 26-28, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 victory.

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