Yet the seventh-ranked Brave Blossoms have defied expectations, thoroughly deserving of wins over Ireland and Scotland.
But the Brave Blossoms stood firm in the face of a fierce late Scottish onslaught and saw out the win, setting up an historic last-eight matchup with South Africa in Tokyo on October 20.
They were among 80 people to sustain injuries in the typhoon, with nine still unaccounted for, according to national broadcaster NHK. He offered condolences to the families of those who were killed and said the government was working to save people's lives and property. We talked about that as a team. They didn't catch us off guard, we actually started the game pretty well.
Authorities lifted rain warnings for the Kanto region around a becalmed Tokyo, where stores reopened and many train lines resumed operations, but they warned there was still the risk of rivers in eastern Japan overflowing and inflicting fresh damage.
Scotland's Zander Fagerson celebrates after scoring a try in the second half on Sunday.
World Rugby slammed the Scottish comments as "disappointing". In 1991 and 1995, Samoa earned two wins over sides that did not have Tier 1 status then, but do now.
"Here (the Japanese beer is) a lot better (than American beer.) We'll be looking those up at the liquor store when we get back", Jon said.
"The key to our victory is preparation. We're coming out to win".
"It is tough at the moment with typhoon so thanks to everyone who made it happen". Maybe our expectations aren't as high as we'd want them to be. Tamura's sideline conversion made it a 14-point margin.
Scotland were first on the board with a Finn Russell try after seven minutes but Japan hit back with a brilliantly-worked, high-tempo score that set the tone for the night as Fukuoka tore clear and slung a one-armed pass into the arms of the supporting Matsushima to detonate an explosion of noise. Tamura landed a monster conversion to give the home team a 21-7 halftime lead.
Just four minutes later, Tonga extended their advantage with their third try from captain Siale Piutau and - although Tony Lamborn burrowed over from close range - Tonga secured the bonus point with their fourth try right on the whistle when Veainu latched onto James Faiva's kick and touched down. Scotland needs a win to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages, and had threatened to sue organizers if the game was canceled.
As the clock struck 80 minutes and the final gong sounded, scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka flung the ball to Tamura who booted the ball deep into the raucous stands to send Japan through to a historic first quarterfinal.
"We are very disappointed to lose the opportunity to compete against Namibia", Kingsley Jones, head coach, men's 15s rugby and director of men's rugby performance said in a statement Saturday. We talked about it this morning and the players really wanted to do that.
"The noodles have been awesome and the tempura, the shrimp and the vegetables, I just loved", she said.