• 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) 

    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
    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • WeWork Shimbashi Level 7

    ANZCCJ Sports for Business Committee Co-Chairs Matthew Walker and Ian Scott welcome members and non-members to attend our April Sports for Business Committee meeting. 

    Join us on the 9th of April 2019 to hear from the New Zealand Olympic Committee on their plans for establishing New Zealand's presence in Japan ahead of the Olympics 2020. The speakers will outline their strategy regarding the ANZ New Zealand House in Tokyo, as well as their plans for sponsorship and sports training. They will also discuss the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s charity partnership with Japanese non-profit ISPS Handa (International Sports Promotion Society Handa). 


    Sharon van Gulik - Commercial Director, New Zealand Olympic Committee 

    Sharon has over 30 years’ experience driving strategic growth, reputat­­­ion, brand experience, marketing and public relations for leading corporate, not-for-profit, FMCG, government and educational organisations. Her experience extends from consulting to senior executive positions in the private sector, and both local and national government. Sharon was CEO of the New Zealand Millennium Office, responsible for leveraging trade and tourism from New Zealand’s unique position as first to greet the new millennium; and was part of the team in the NZ2011 Office working to leverage the Rugby World Cup 2011.

    Liz Fitzgerald - NZOC Events and Brand Activation Manager

    Stefan Grace - NZ Team Liaison in Tokyo for NZ Olympic Committee and NZ Olympic Travel 

    Meeting Details

    Date: Tuesday 9 April 2019
    Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Venue: WeWork Shimbashi Level 7
    Cost: JPY500 for Members, JPY1000 for Non-members to pay at door to cover the cost of light refreshments

    Registration closes at 5pm on Friday 5 April 2019

    • 24 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Australian Embassy Tokyo

    The ANZCCJ Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party, a signature event for the Chamber every year, will this year be celebrated in spring and in true rugby style. Come and enjoy a fantastic array of Australian and New Zealand food, wine, beer, coffee and sake, with a rugby twist. 

    Enjoy delicious dishes prepared from ingredients sourced from Australia and New Zealand in the beautiful Australian Embassy garden in the company of fellow ANZCCJ members, our co-hosts the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), and friends. 

    Details to come soon!

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