Greig Laidlaw says that he has a choice to make over whether to extend his Scotland career after his final World Cup.
Even the scrum-half, who captained his side from the loss against the hosts in Yokohama, won his cap but was unable to prevent Scotland suffering just their second departure.
34, laidlaw, made his debut in 2011 for his nation but may now weigh whether to call time on his international future for good.
I will go away and take a peek. Tonight its all about remaining together as a group, said Laidlaw, who plays his club rugby for Clermont Auvergne in France.
Tonight is not about me. I will go out and talk to the folks I want to speak to make my decision from there.
The Brave Blossoms went to the game ranked above the team of Gregor Townsend although scotland had won their past seven meetings from Japan.
Laidlaw, that kicked two conversions in the defeat to become the Scot to score 100 World Cup points, didnt dispute they had been best in the International Stadium.
We knew Japan have improved as a group since four years ago, he said.
We must give them credit for the way they have progressed and the way we have performed this evening. We gave away two soft tries and we left ourselves to scale.
They did not catch us off guard, we really started the match pretty well. We got into a direct, we never turned off, but we still let Japan to the game.
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