Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has opted for experience in his Brave Blossoms team that will take on England in front of a sell-out 80,000 crowd at Twickenham on Saturday.
Familiar faces in Fumiaki Tanaka and Akihito Yamada, who announced their arrival on the international stage under then Brave Blossoms head coach Eddie Jones, are named in the starting XV together for the first time since June 2017. The duo come into the team at the expense of Sunwolves captain Yutaka Nagare and speedster Jamie Henry, who crossed the whitewash against the All Blacks two weeks ago.
The game against Jones' England marks a minor milestone for scrum half Tanaka, who is line to make his 69th test appearance for Japan to surpass Takashi Kikutani to become the Brave Blossoms' 5th-most capped player of all time.
Will Tupou is preferred at full-back to add physicality to deal with the high balls that Japan are expecting to face from England, while Ryoto Nakamura comes in at centre to make his first test start against a tier one nation.
In the pack, Suntory flanker Masakatsu Nishikawa is handed his first ever test start for Japan, meaning that the highly-tipped Kazuki Himeno moves from flanker to no.8. Captain Michael Leitch will make up the back row at blindside flanker.
There is also a Brave Blossoms return for prop Ji-won Koo who starts in the front row at the expense of Hiroshi Yamashita. There is one change in the second row from the team that faced New Zealand two weeks ago, with Uwe Helu replacing Samuele Anise.