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Hosts Japan moved at the Town of Tokyo Stadium in Pool A. with a bonus-point victory over Samoa
The sides traded three penalties before Samoan-born center Timothy Lafaele scored the opening try.
Following the break with Henry Taefu scoring a consolation Kenki Fukuoka kazuki Himeno and Kotaro Matsushima scored.
If Scotland fail to win their last two games with the two to perform each other japan will qualify.
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Japan: Nakayama; Matsushima Nakamura, Lemeki; Tamura, Nagare; Inagaki, Sakate Van der Walt, Moore, Leitch Himeno
Replacements:Horie, Nakajima, Ai Valu, Helu, Tui Matsuda, Fukuoka
Samoa: Nanai-Williams Leiua, Taefu, Fidow; Seuteni, Polataivao; Lay, S Lam, Alaalatoa Leaupepe, Vui, Ioane Lam
Replacements: Niuia, Alo-Emile, Lay, Toleafoa, Tyrell Pisi, Fonotia
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