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Typhoon can’t derail feelings of recovery in rugby host city

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Typhoon No. 19 forced the cancellation of a Rugby World Cup match that citizens of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, were really looking forward to.

The city was supposed to host two matches, but the second one, between Canada and Namibia scheduled for Oct. 13, had to be scrapped.

As a result, members of the Canadian national team busied themselves by helping local citizens clean up sludge left by the typhoon and hauling household items out of their flooded homes.

“What a happy surprise that was,” gushed Tomoaki Sasaki, 41, a Kamaishi official in charge of World Cup events in the city. “The Canadians volunteered their services, and we gratefully asked them to work in neighborhoods that suffered the worst flood........

© The Asahi Shimbun