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Rugby World Cup trophy lands in Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Akira Shimazu, left, CEO of the Rugby World Cup organizing committee, shakes hands with World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper behind the Webb Ellis Cup at Narita Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday.

The Yomiuri ShimbunNARITA, Chiba — The Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy awarded to the winner of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, arrived at Narita Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday.

Japan is the first Asian nation to host the event. The trophy has traveled to 19 countries and regions such as Malaysia and India since 2017. It will be taken to sites across Japan, including the 12 host cities and the peak of Mt. Fuji, from Wednesday through Sept. 19, the day before the Rugby World Cup begins.

“By bringing the Webb Ellis Cup close to people, the World Cup will be felt all across Japan,” said Akira Shimazu, CEO of the event’s organizing committee. Speech

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