Event Summary by Jack Dowling
On 2 November 2017, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ), the CCCI France Japan (CCIFJ), the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) in collaboration with Japan World Rugby and the Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC2019) Organising Committee co-hosted the RWC2019 2 Years to go celebration at Happo-en, Tokyo.
ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus, Melanie Brock was joined by special guests Bill Beaumont, Brett Gosper, Alan Gilpin and Rob Abernethy from World Rugby for a panel discussion about what the Rugby World Cup means for business in Japan.
The panel focused on increasing the representation of women in rugby from the boardroom to the playing field, the Impact Beyond Programme and legacy goals for the RWC2019, the twofold opportunity for Japan with the RWC2019 followed by the Rugby Sevens at the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 and the media strategy including both broadcast media and social media. The panel also discussed the mutual benefits and opportunities that rugby and business can yield from each other.
The Webb Ellis Cup, which has been on a tour around Japan, made an appearance at the event. The Cup was in Japan for a nationwide Rugby World Cup 2019 two-years-to-go festival, hosted by tournament organisers and is now bound for a worldwide tour starting in London, England.
Congratulations to Jon Loeffelholz from Oakwood Tokyo and Eamonn Murphy from IJCC for winning tickets in the lucky draw to the Qantas Wallabies versus Brave Blossoms match held on 4 November 2017 at Nissan Stadium, Yokohama.
ANZCCJ would like to thank Mr Beaumont, Mr Gosper, Mr Gilpin and Mr Abernethy for talking the time to share their knowledge and insights. A special thank you to our co-hosts, CCCJ, CCIFJ and IJCC and our guests for joining us.