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."
Despite being in a tough group for the World Series opener in Dubai, Wales 7s head coach Gareth Williams says it is an exciting challenge and his squad are in a positive frame of mind, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.