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Scotland star says Tonga jolt ensures Japan will not be taken lightly


Scotland centre Matt Scott suffered the ignominy of defeat to rugby minnows Tonga 12 months ago — now he is determined to ensure there is no repeat against Japan.

The Dark Blues open their Autumn Test series with Saturday’s Murrayfield clash against the Brave Blossoms before also hosting South Africa and Australia.

via Scotland star says Tonga jolt ensures Japan will not be taken lightly – Rugby / Sport / The Courier.

Tonga Trench surveyed by Japan


The first exploration of the Tonga Trench by a deep sea submersible vehicle was completed by Japanese researchers from October 7-20.

Scientists hope to understand and document the environmental conditions and living species that exists in the second deepest point in the world’s oceans.

via Tonga Trench surveyed by Japan | Matangi Tonga.

New water supply for Mala’evakapuna community


A new water supply system was handed over to Mala’evakapuna community in Tongatapu on October 4, by the Government of Japan, who funded the construction with a grant of over $200,000 .

The Japanese Ambassador to Tonga HE Dr Kazuchika Hamuro turned on the new water supply system that will benefit around 23 households of about 520 people living in the area, near the Fua‘amotu International Airport.

via New water supply for Mala’evakapuna community | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga score 4 tries in win over Japan in PNC 2013


Tonga coach Mana ‘Otai hailed his Ikaletahi team for their character and grit after they surged pass the Japanese  27-17 in the Pacific Nations Cup opening rugby match at the Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama on Saturday.

He told Kaniva news the team’s “physical presence” and how they managed to disrupt the Japanese rhythm were key factors in the ‘Ikaletahi’s triumph.

via Tonga score 4 tries in win over Japan in PNC 2013 – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News.