Shizuoka

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Rescuers conduct a search operation at the site of the mudslide at Izusan in Atami, Shizuoka prefecture. Photograph: Kyodo News via AP

More than 1,000 soldiers, firefighters and police launched a rescue operation after a giant mudslide hit a resort town southwest of Tokyo, killing at (...)

Japan  head coach Tony Brown: ‘We can meet that challenge, but we want to play with a style that creates winning opportunities for Japan.’ Photograph: Roslan Rahman/afp via Getty Images

Tony Brown, the Japan attack coach, believes that even without their Lions cohort and some rested frontliners Ireland will be a tougher proposition on(...)

Japan celebrate their win over Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Relive Irish misery and Japanese joy in reverse. Last year provided a fascinating study in how everything can go wrong when a sports team is unequippe(...)

Bernard Jackman has been helping coaches from around the world share their coaching experiences while there is no action. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

“The Secret to the Japanese Attack Speed” by Atsushi Tanabe captivated the most recent Zoom gathering of coaches. It was effectively a presentation th(...)

England’s Maro Itoje and James Ryan of Ireland grapple during their  Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 3 match at Twickenham on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Change needed to happen before Twickenham. Now it has to happen before Paris. Nothing wholesale, nothing knee-jerk, but the time has come to reward in(...)

Japan’s Korean prop Koo Ji-won carries against Ireland during their Pool A match in Shizuoka. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

On a sunny Wednesday morning in Ginza, the Japanese players found themselves entertaining a question that contained a mocking echo of more carefree an(...)

 Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka of Japan celebrate  following the  Group A victory over Ireland. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Japan are now a serious factor at their own 2019 World Cup. The conditions and the scheduling already in their favour, now, thanks to a brilliantly pl(...)

An Ireland supporter displays a poster before the  World Cup Pool D match between Australia and Wales at   Tokyo Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP

The morning after the morning before and there was Tommy Bowe on eir Sport, fresh as a daisy and all set for the 6:15am kick-off between Georgia and U(...)

Spectators at Ireland’s opening match fixture against Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Father Donal Doyle may or may not be the oldest Irish fan in Fukuroi this weekend – he turns 88 in two weeks – but he must surely be the most conflict(...)

Rob Kearney: “With Jordan [Larmour], given we’re provincial teammates, I’ve had to endure that a lot over the last few years.” Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Professional sport can be an increasingly cruel business. If below par collectively, as Ireland discovered in Twickenham, a team can be routed, and if(...)

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