• 31 March 1932
    Japan International Team formed. They beat Canada in two games. Scores: 9-8 and 38-5.
  • 26 September 1971
    It's the RFU's Centenary Year. Japan lose 6-3 against England.
  • 2 October 1983
    Japan lose 24-29 to Wales at Cardiff Arms Park.
  • 24 May 1987
    Japan make their Rugby World Cup debut. They lose 21-18 against the USA. They concede 123 points at the tournament.
  • 28 May 1989
    Japan beat an uncapped Scotland (missing nine British and Irish Lions players) 28-24. Their first win against a Tier 1 nation.
  • 14 October 1991
    Japan's first win in a Rugby World Cup match. They beat Zimbabwe 52-8 in their final fixture of the Pool stages.
  • 15 September 1998
    Second win against a Tier 1 team. They beat Argentina 44-29.
  • 7 July 2002
    Daisuke Ohata scores eight tries - a Japan record. The match is against Chinese Taipei.
  • 21 July 2002
    Toru Kurihara scores 60 points - another record, also against Chinese Taipei.
  • 13 September 2003
    Japan's professional league is formed.
  • 13 July 2011
    First Pacific Nations Cup win. Japan beat Fiji 24-13.
  • 5 May 2012
    Yoshikazu Fujita becomes the youngest player to play for Japan, 18 years and 210 days.
  • July 2011
    Japan win their first ever Pacific Nations Cup title.
  • 5 May 2012
    Yoshikazu Fujita becomes the youngest player to play for Japan, 18 years and 210 days.
  • June 2014
    Japan win their second Pacific Nations Cup title.
  • 19 September 2015
    They beat South Africa 34-32 at the Rugby World Cup. Their first victory at the tournament since 1991.
  • August 2019
    Japan win their third Pacific Nations Cup title.
  • 28 September 2019
    Luke Thompson becomes the oldest player to play for Japan, 38 years and 165 days.
  • 30 September 2019
    Japan surge to eighth in the World Rugby rankings - their best ever.
  • 5 October 2019
    Japan are on the verge of qualifying for the RWC quarter-finals for the first time ever.