Japan will use the Asian Five Nations to groom players for the next World Cup and the 2019 edition on home soil after five trophies in five years left the outcome of this year's tournament in little doubt.
Japan's Fumiaki Tanaka during an exhibition match in France on November 25, 2012. The scrumhalf is with the Otago Highlanders in New Zealand.
With 20 bonus-point wins in 20 outings, the regional event has struggled to provide meaningful competition for ambitious Japan, who are hoping to break into the sport's top 10 in the next two years.
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