The Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half returns to the Welsh team - winning his 23rd cap - for the first time since the final game of the Six Nations against Italy in March. Cooper came on as a replacement against Romania - scoring a try - and then in last weekend's epic encounter against New Zealand.
But while Japan may be some way below the All Blacks in the world rankings, Cooper insists Wales must focus just as intently. "There's a good feeling in the camp. The boys were pretty happy with the way they performed but obviously gutted that we lost - especially by just one point," said Cooper. "The biggest danger this week is that we become complacent. Last weekend was a great game to watch and be a part of but it has gone.
"We have to focus on a different challenge now because we are in a no-win situation. We are expected to win but we still have to deliver." Cooper won his second and third caps when Wales last met Japan during their tour to the Far East in 2001. Wales won both Tests but are not taking their opponents lightly. "
Japan love to throw the ball around. They were involved in some of the best games of the World Cup but it looks as if they have left some guys back home and brought a new-look team," said Cooper. "But we will not take Japan lightly.
Even though they lost heavily to Scotland, they looked good in the first 20 minutes after scoring an early try. So we will have to play the same way we did against Romania and be clinical straight away."
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.