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Japan’s rugby team has been added to the list of this year’s winners of the Kikuchi Kan Prize, given to people or groups that have made contributions to Japanese culture, a literature association said Monday.

The Brave Blossoms were defeated in one of Sunday’s quarterfinals by South Africa, knocking them out of the tournament in which they captured the public’s imagination by reaching the tournament’s final eight for the first time.

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