Hello and welcome to tonight's live blog of the All Blacks' clash with Argentina, the first match on their end-of-year tour.
We're about 10 minutes away from kick off in Tokyo as the All Blacks attempt to remain unbeaten in 2013.
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest they'll achieve that aim. I think the real question is by how many?
The teams are about to make their way out onto the field, with a full crowd turning out to cheer on the Cherry Blossoms.
As the New Zealand anthem is being belted out, I'll put it to the people:
A reminder of the All Blacks' team, as the Japan anthem is being sung:
15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Ben Smith, 12 Francis Saili, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Richie McCaw, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett
16 Andrew Hore, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Aaron Smith, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Ryan Crotty.
We have two new caps taking on the Japanese, with Frank Halai starting on the wing and Dominic Bird at lock.
Bird will be the tallest ever All Black, standing at 2.06m.
Haka time and, unsurprisingly, it's Ka Mate.
We're moments away from kicking off. From where are you following the action?
And Dan Carter gets things underway.
An early touch for Frank Halai but he knocks on. Scrum to Japan just inside their half.
Japan No 8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani broke off the back of the scrum but lost the ball forward.
Feed to the All Blacks but Japan have won the ball. There's a turn-up.
All Blacks start a quick counter-attack and Japan kick deep, unsurprisingly they make their way fairly rapidly into Japanese territory before McCaw is bundled into touch near the 10m line,
Japan clears but they can't get any further than the 22.
Penalty to Japan after Wyatt Crockett entered the ruck incorrectly.
Japan have begun well in the tackle, they'll take heart from this start.
And the home side win another penalty, it's tapped quickly. possibly ill-advised after they infringe themselves.
Carter clears into Japanese territory.
All Blacks inside the 22, putting a few phases together.
Scrum All Blacks, about eight metres out.
Still scoreless after seven minutes but the All Blacks will have a real chance to change that from this set piece.
The scrum collapses and will be reset.
Little dab over the top from Saili but it goes dead in goal. 22 dropout for Japan.
Anyone else shocked the All Blacks haven't scored yet? It's been 10 whole minutes, after all.
Well, well, well, I barely finished lamenting the lack of scoring when Halai crossed for the first try.
Carter adds to extras and it's 7-0.
Apologies, Charles Piutau was in fact the scorer.
He followed Barrett's break from fullback and a simple pass inside allowed him to streak away untouched.
We're back underway and Japan now have a chance to open their account, winning a penalty about 40 metres out, just to the right of the posts.
And Ayumu Goromaru makes the kick.
7-3 All Blacks. Possibly the closest Japan will get...
Sam Cane took out the Japanese player receiving the kick off and is penalised. The home side kick into touch near the All Blacks' 22.
Japan knock on, just when they were throwing the ball around rather nicely.
This has been an impressive opening from the Cherry Blossoms, they're full of enthusiasm and have attacked the All Blacks well when they have ball in hand.
And now they've turned the ball over in a ruck and have another chance to string together some phases.
Japan have knocked it on again and the All Blacks will have the feed to a scrum on their own 40-metre line.