JRFUJapan Rugby Football Union
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The IRB last night rejected the claims as 'unsubstantiated and unfounded allegations' - and both the ARFU and the JRFU have also denied any official involvement.
JRFU chairman Nobby Mashimo said: 'As a union we are looking to the future, rather than looking to the past - and we are determined, together with the IRB and other member unions, to continue making every effort to make the game a truly global sport.'
Tatsuzo Yabe, the chairman of the JRFU, said: "We have about 130 million in Japan, but only 100,000 rugby players.
By contrast, the Japanese are guaranteeing a profit of pounds 48 million, more than half of which, pounds 28 million, is being underwritten by the JRFU.