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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Japan

All time
# Entertainers
Farrell's Ireland get over the line in battle against thrilling Japan
The home side scored five tries against the exciting and ambitious visitors.
Ireland v Japan, Vodafone Summer Series
Ireland defeated Japan by eight points at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
# Atami
Two bodies found after mudslide sweeps away houses in central Japan
Heavy rain has been lashing across Japan since earlier this week.
# Test
Farrell's strong Ireland XV underlines threat posed by exciting Japan
Memories from the 2019 World Cup remain very fresh.
# Team news
Ryan captains Ireland as Carbery makes long-awaited return against Japan
Gavin Coombes is set for his debut off the bench on Saturday.
# speed
Ulster's athletic 'hybrid' Timoney earns Ireland shot with determined progress
The 25-year-old moved to Ulster in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since.
# Update
Ireland confirm injury for Ryan as Lowry stays with Farrell's squad
The second row hasn’t officially been ruled out of this weekend’s clash with Japan.
# awj
Lions look past 'huge loss' of Jones as they set off for South Africa
Out-half Dan Biggar enjoyed playing with the Irish centre pairing of Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw.
# Shock
'I still don't have my head around it' - Murray honoured to be Lions captain
The 32-year-old said Alun Wyn Jones offered him a few words of advice last night.
# Changes
Murray the biggest winner from a tumultuous day for Gatland's Lions
Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric were ruled out of the tour.
# Up and Running
Irishmen to the fore as Lions win but captain Alun Wyn Jones' tour is over
Jack Conan, Tadhg Beirne, and Bundee Aki were among the standout performers.
# Audition Time
Furlong and Henshaw are nailed on Test starters - rest of Irish have to prove themselves
Today’s game provides an opportunity for outsiders like Bundee Aki and Jack Conan to sneak into the Test reckoning.
# trolls
Lions wing Van Der Merwe blocks out social media messages questioning his place
The South Africa-born Scotland wing says the messages also motivate him.
# experience
Two-time tourist Furlong set for big Lions impact as Aki makes presence felt
The Wexford man was a Test starter last time around in 2017.
# on fire
Munster star Gavin Coombes primed to take his chance with Ireland
‘I would have always backed myself, I knew what I could do.’
# blade
'I don’t think it came naturally to me... that’s why I’ve had to work so hard'
Connacht scrum-half Caolin Blade has earned his Ireland call-up with some superb form.
# brave blossoms
Japan name one debutant among team of World Cup stars to face the Lions
Jamie Joseph’s men haven’t played a Test since 2019.
# Tighthead
Tadhg Furlong promoted to Lions starting XV after injury to Fagerson
The Scotland prop has been ruled out of Saturday’s game due to a back spasm.
# Highlander
'I was more nervous about the haka than the game... It was a huge honour'
Japan star Kazuki Himeno is back on international duty after a season in New Zealand.
# brave blossoms
World Cup star Matsushima set for 'once-in-a-lifetime experience' against Lions
The Clermont flyer is hoping Japan can pick up where they left off in 2019.
# First Step
Irish influence will be strong as Lions get their 2021 campaign underway
Warren Gatland insists he has no preconceived ideas about his Test team.
# Key Man
'Robbie has developed into an absolute world-class midfielder' - Gatland
The Lions boss also said he views Tadhg Beirne as a back row for the tour of South Africa.
# Team news
Gatland includes six Irish players in Lions' starting XV against Japan
Henshaw, Aki, Murray, Beirne, Henderson, and Conan all get a start.
# Motivation
'I do everything I can to provide for my family and put them first' - Aki
The Connacht and Ireland centre is hoping to make an impression this Saturday against Japan.
# Pilot Events
Fans to make long-awaited Aviva Stadium return for Ireland's summer Tests
A combined total of 9,000 spectators will attend next month’s games against Japan and USA.
# fresh faces
Saracens players and Russell land as Kelleher continues to impress the Lions
The 23-year-old Ireland hooker will remain with the Lions in Jersey this week.
# sapporo
Four hurt and flights disrupted as bear goes on the rampage in Japanese city
The bear broke into an army base and an airport before being shot by hunters.
# 2021 Games
Japan extends state of emergency until 20 June - just one month before Olympics start date
‘The situation continues to be uncertain,’ says Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
# Scouting
Farrell watching closely as Irish provinces head into final weeks of season
Ireland will take on Japan and the US in Dublin in July.
# Wave Goodbye
All Blacks star Beauden Barrett ends Japan stint empty-handed
The 29-year-old will now join Super Rugby’s Blues on a two-year contract.
# On the box
Lions' meeting with Japan to be shown live on free-to-air television
Channel 4 are showing the game from Murrayfield, and will have highlights from the rest of the tour.
# Change of Plans
Ireland set for July internationals with Japan and USA
A planned tour of Fiji was cancelled owing to a pandemic lockdown on the Pacific Island.
# Radioactive
Japan to release treated radioactive water from Fukushima plant into ocean
The move is fiercely opposed by local fishermen and residents.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 patient in Japan receives world’s first lung transplant from living donors
The recipient is recovering after the nearly 11-hour operation.
# Tokyo
Olympic torch relay banned from public roads across Japan's Osaka region
Olympic officials are battling the logical issues tied to a new surge in cases.
# Goal Crazy
7 goals for Netherlands, 8 for Belgium and 14 for Japan in big World Cup qualifier wins
There was some one-sided victories in tonight’s qualifiers.
# Tokyo
Magnitude 7.2 earthquake felt in Japanese capital
A tsunami advisory has been issued for Japan’s north-east coast.
# new precedent
Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage ruled unconstitutional by court
The country’s refusal to issue spouse visas to partners of same-sex couples legally married overseas has been a growing problem.
# Fukushima
Japan marks 10th anniversary of quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster at Fukushima
More than 18,000 people died and nearly half a million were displaced.
# Memorial
Japan falls silent to mark decade since tsunami disaster
A minute’s silence was observed across the country at 2.46 pm local time, the precise moment a 9.0 magnitude quake hit.