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Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw came off the bench to deny Japan a famous victory as the Brave Blossoms fell to a 21-16 defeat on Saturday.

With Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in attendance at Ajinomoto Stadium to watch a national team game for the first time, Japan took command midway through the first half when Kaito Shigeno scored a stunning try following a lacerating end-to-end passing move.

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