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Japan's national rugby team to be certified Tier 1

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Japanese rugby is riding a wave of momentum that began when the country hosted last year's World Cup. Now the national team is moving into the sport's top tier.

TOKYO -- World Rugby, the sport's governing body, has decided to certify Japan as a Tier 1 country, making it the first Asian nation to ascend to the sport's top echelon, Nikkei has learned.

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