This decade didn't begin well for Japan, but it's ending in style
JAPAN 19-12 IRELAND
In March 2011 the world looked on in shock as north eastern Japan was devastated by the fourth largest earthquake on record. Japan’s industrial base, its production capacity and even its economic status were compromised. As the world’s third largest economy with an unrivalled commitment to research and development, Japan’s recovery was crucial not just for its own sake but for the sake of market economies everywhere.
Fast forward eight and a half years. Having rebuilt its energy industry brick by brick with an emphasis on environmentally friendly solutions, Japan is now taking a bow as a host to the world’s biggest sporting and cultural events. We all knew the Japanese people would be great hosts for this World Cup. Today’s comeback win in Shizuoka against an Ireland team that entered the tournament ranked number one in the world confirmed that they’re ready to compete and win on the field too.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Japanese Rugby Football Union was founded in 1926. It’s been a long road to competitiveness at the highest level but Japan came into today’s match ranked a respectable tenth in the world, and performances like this will surely see them climb higher.
Japan: (9) 19
Pens: Tamura (4)
Ireland: (12) 12
Tries: Ringrose, Kearney
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