Scotland win 34-0 against Samoa in Kobe that saw Pacific islanders finish a man down.
The bullet train will run for the next three months between the western cities of Osaka and Fukuoka, the West Japan Railway Company says. There are hopes one of the country's most famous exports will boost tourism.
Japanese officials say rescuers have been fighting through thick mud and battling rain to search for missing and stranded people, with more than 600 believed to still be cut off.
Several thousand people have been evacuated from their homes due to the flooding exacerbated by Typhoon Nanmadol. Rescue operations are continuing and the death toll may rise.
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