Japan's Michael Leitch, a native of New Zealand, symbolizes the diversity within the national rugby team. Photo: AFP

‘They speak the language and know our customs’: Japan embraces foreign-born players during Rugby World Cup as nation struggles with demographic shift

  • As the nation relaxes rules on foreign workers in a bid to keep its population from dwindling, the Cherry Blossoms showcase a new sense of diversity
  • The team features naturalised Tongans, Samoans, New Zealanders, Australians and South Africans
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Japan's Michael Leitch, a native of New Zealand, symbolizes the diversity within the national rugby team. Photo: AFP
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