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Rugby World Cup

Japan opens arms to half a million fans for Rugby World Cup

Businesses and cities nationwide expect boost from dedicated fans

Australian fans at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England: Japan is gearing up to host the competition this year.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With the Rugby World Cup kicking off Sept. 20 in Japan, communities across the country are preparing for the 500,000-plus visitors expected to attend.

Nearly 50 games will be played across 12 Japanese cities through the final Nov. 2. City governments and local businesses hope that the fans will take the opportunity to see more of Japan as they travel to the various venues.

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