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World Cup hosts talismanic leader Michael Leitch has been remembered by Japan because they seem to maintain their winning start in Pool A against Samoa.
Leitch returns to the rear row after starting on the bench in their surprise win over Ireland, although Pieter Labuschagne retains the captaincy.
Atsushi Sakate begins at hooker as coach Jamie Joseph makes three adjustments and Wimpie van der Walt comes in at lock.
Shota Horie drops to the bench despite being man of the match against Ireland.
Are targeting a first World Cup quarter-final despite winning several matches after falling from the group stage four decades before.
Victory over Samoa at the Town of Toyota Stadium could place them in a strong position before facing Scotland in their final Pool A match to get to the final eight.
Samoa have made six changes to the side that failed Scotland in their own defeat.
Second-row Piula Faasalele, loose-head prop Jordan Lay and fly-half Ulupano Seuteni make their first starts at the tournament, as does hooker Seilala Lam, who is the brother of captain and number eight Jack.
Japan: Nakayama; Matsushima, Lafaele, Nakamura, Lemeki; Tamura, Nagare Sakate, Ji-won, Van der Walt, Moore, Leitch Himeno
Replacements: Horie, Nakajima Valu, Helu, Tui Matsuda, Fukuoka
Samoa: Nanai-Williams Leiua Fidow; Seuteni, Polataivao; Lay, S Lam, Alaalatoa, Faasalel, Leaupepe Ioane Lam
Replacements: Niuia Lay, Toleafoa, Tyrell, Cowley, Pisi, Fonotia
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