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Young guns spark France but experience saves the day

21 Sep 2019

TOKYO France's young guns gave 'les Bleus' a robust first-half lead in their Rugby World Cup opener against Argentina on Saturday but, when the going got tough, it was cool-headed experience that saved the day.

First World Cup in Asia opens to 'awesome atmosphere'

20 Sep 2019

TOKYO Rugby fever swept through Japan on Friday as fans flocked to Tokyo Stadium for the start of the 2019 World Cup, ushering in the tournament to Asia for the first time with a lavish opening ceremony inspired by Japanese-style festivals and Kabuki dance.

Japan's 'Ferrari' Matsushima goes up a gear at home World Cup

20 Sep 2019

TOKYO Kotaro Matsushima became the first Japan player to score a hat-trick of tries at a World Cup on Friday, earning praise from his own coach and the opposing manager after the "Brave Blossoms" beat Russia in the tournament's opening match.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-First World Cup in Asia opens to 'awesome atmosphere'

20 Sep 2019

TOKYO, Sept 20 Rugby fever swept through Japan on Friday as fans flocked to Tokyo Stadium for the start of the 2019 World Cup, ushering in the tournament to Asia for the first time with a lavish opening ceremony inspired by Japanese-style festivals and Kabuki dance.

Ireland wary of Japanese threat, says Schmidt

15 Sep 2019

CHIBA, Japan Ireland want to take it one match at a time in their Rugby World Cup group stage but have already singled out hosts Japan as a tough opponent in Pool A, head coach Joe Schmidt said.

All Blacks relish pressure in quest for third straight World Cup

14 Sep 2019

TOKYO New Zealand are relishing the pressure as they vie for an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup title and have put behind them a recent lacklustre spell to kick off their Japan campaign with a clean slate, captain Kieran Read said.

Japan preparing for 'different level' at World Cup

29 Aug 2019

TOKYO Japan are eager to ride a strong run of form and reach their first-ever quarter-finals at next month's Rugby World Cup but the hosts are under no illusions about the tough task they face against top-tier teams, head coach Jamie Joseph said on Thursday.

H.I.S. abandons fight for Unizo, leaves SoftBank firm as sole bidder: Nikkei

23 Aug 2019

TOKYO Japanese travel agency H.I.S. Co has given up its bid for a controlling stake in Unizo Holdings , Nikkei Business reported on Friday, after a SoftBank-owned firm made a $1.3 billion 'white knight' offer for the hotel operator.

Tokyo skyline reaches for new heights with $5.5 billion Mori project

22 Aug 2019

TOKYO Mori Building Co has started work on a $5 billion real estate project that will include Japan's tallest building and an emphasis on overseas residents, in the latest sign of developers' bullishness on Tokyo beyond the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo skyline reaches for new heights with $5 billion Mori project

22 Aug 2019

TOKYO Mori Building Co is spending more than $5 billion on a massive real estate project in Tokyo, creating a city within a city with everything from offices, a British school and vegetable gardens to the tallest building in Japan.

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