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Japan ended a disappointing four-game, test match losing streak, defeating Uruguay easily 30-8 at home in Level-5 Stadium located in the southwest city of Fukuoka.
The Brave Blossoms will meet two-time RWC champion, South Africa in the opening game. Japan's only RWC win came against Zimbabwe in 1991.
The Japanese lead 17-8 at the half and added 13 more points against Los Teros.
Japan is in the same Pool as the USA along with Scotland, Samoa, and the Springboks.