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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 that the improved mental attitude shown by the side over the last few years will help it achieve its goal of reaching the last eight at the World Cup for the first time.

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