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Joint Chamber Event: Diversity in Rugby

  • 26 Mar 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Conrad Tokyo 2F Kazanami Ballroom(1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
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We invite you to our next Rugby Alliance event - Diversity in Rugby

From 20 September to 2 November, 48 games involving 20 international teams will be held in 12 host cities across Japan. It will be the first time the mega event has been held in Asia, and the country is poised to welcome over 400,000 visitors across 44 days, attracting worldwide media attention from over 200 nations.

By the end of 2018, a record number of over 4.5 million ticket applications had been received by organisers. Beyond ticketing, it is estimated that the tournament will generate a total output of around ¥437.2 billion, boosting national GDP by ¥216.6 billion. Anticipation is at an all time high.

Underpinning these headline numbers, the Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC19) is nurturing a diverse legacy in Japan. This once-in-a-lifetime tournament holds promise for regional economies, businesses, communities, and families. Japan and rugby bodies internationally expect RWC19 to be a game-changer, thanks to the Impact Beyond' legacy programme which has introduced the game to over 460,000 participants across the country. Sponsors are utilising the event as an agent for social change. Schools and companies alike are celebrating rugby values and their transformative power to drive teamwork, diversity and ambition. And all of this is set against the backdrop of an incredible global gender shift - in 2017, more young women started to play rugby for the first time than men - so growth in the female rugby playing population is increasing. Now a total of 29% of players are female. 

Join us on 26 March to discover the bigger picture surrounding the RWC19 tournament. Guests will hear from the following panellist: 

Keiko Asami, World Rugby Board member, Former Head Coach of Japan Rugby Women's Sevens Team
Magnus Hansson, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, Japan
Fiona Taag, Head of Global Sponsorship & Europe Marketing Communications, DHL
Koji Tokumasu, President of the Shibuya International Rugby Club, Senior Director at Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee, and Honorary President of Asia Rugby

The panel discussion will be moderated by BCCJ President, David Bickle, partner at Deloitte Tohmatsu). 

Rob Abernethy, World Rugby Executive Director - Rugby World Cup 2019, will give closing comments.

This event is a part of the Rugby Alliance project.


Date: Tuesday 26 March
Time: 12:00-14:00 (doors open 11:30)
Venue: Conrad Tokyo, 2F Kazanami Ballroom (1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Price: JPY7,300 for members, JPY9,300 for non-members


11:30-Doors open


12:30-Opening comments from Akira Shimazu, CEO of the Rugby World Cup Organising Committee

12:40-Panel discussion with Keiko Asami, Koji Tokumasu and Fiona Taag


13:50-Thanks and close

14:00-Doors close

Registration deadline: 5pm on Monday 18 March (Please notify us of any dietary requirements before this date). No-shows and cancellations after this date will be fully invoiced. 

ANZCCJ is very pleased to be co-hosting this special event with over 200 friends and colleagues from the following Chambers:

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (main organiser)
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan 
  • French Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce
  • South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (added in Aug 2018!)

Also in attendance will be representatives from the RWC 2019, World Rugby, host cities, as well as rugby organising bodies in Japan.

Local Japanese Chambers of Commerce will participate, as well as their local tourism offices.


What is the Rugby Alliance?

'The Rugby Alliance is a coalition of 8 national foreign Chambers in Japan. Our mission is to support Japan’s delivery of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, fostering a legacy of more inclusive communities that embrace opportunities for international business and exchange.'

"Launch of Rugby Alliance, coalition of 8 international Chambers of Commerce, supporting Japan's Rugby World Cup 2019" HERE

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