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Rugby World Cup

Japanese city torn by 2011 disaster now rocks Rugby World Cup

Hosting games a 'dream come true' for Kamaishi after horrors of past tsunami

Fiji and Uruguay battle it out at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium on September 25.   © Kyodo

KAMAISHI, Japan -- Emotions ran high on Wednesday in the small city of Kamaishi in northeastern Japan, a town devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck in March 2011. Eight years later, about 14,000 fans jammed a new stadium to watch Fiji battle Uruguay at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The match was the fruition of years of planning by the city, which just months after the disaster kicked off a campaign to host some of the tournament's matches.

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