Japan bounced back from their opening day defeat as they stunned hosts and Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games gold medallists Canada with a surprise 57-55 victory at the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
The Japanese had lost their first two games at the competition - against Paralympic champions Austraia and the United States - but produced an improved display on their way to a deserved win over Canada, silver medallists at London 2012.
The second day of action had begun brightly for the host nation as they edged Britain 47-44.
Canada raced into a 15-11 lead in the first quarter and managed to build on their advantage until the British team levelled the contest with just six minutes to go.
With 56 seconds left on the clock, Zak Madell, arguably his team’s star performer, scored what proved to be the decisive points to earn a dramatic success over a spirited British side.
“We knew that they’d be a tough, tenacious team,” said Canada head coach Kevin Orr.
“They didn’t give up, and they capitalized on our mental lapses.
“We’re improving every game.”
Britain managed to bounce back from the narrow loss at the hands of Canada by beating Sweden by 48-47 in their second encounter of the day.
Elsewhere, London 2012 gold medallists Australia picked up two wins as they overcame the US and Switzerland.
The Australians were made to work hard for their 60-56 victory against the US, who claimed the Paralympic bronze medal four years’ ago, before they regrouped to sweep aside Switzerland 61-42.
The Swiss tasted some success as they defeated whipping boys Sweden 53-36, while the US' sole success came thanks to a 58-53 win against the Japanese.
The tournament in Canada, the last major competition before Rio 2016, is due to continue tomorrow.