On 5 July the SFB committee welcomed Senior Director at the Rugby World Cup Planning Committee Koji Tokumasu to speak with members. Tokumasu was a driving force behind Japans successful RWC19 bid. During his discussion, Tokumasu noted that Australia and New Zealand played a significant role in helping Japan at various times, even at the cost of breaking away from traditional supporting alliances. Tokumasu said that whilst it was a long journey for Japan, after two failed bids to host, Japan’s successful bid in 2019 had a double positive effect, both enhancing the popularity and importance of rugby in Japan and Asia and paving the way for rugby union to be accepted as an official sport in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a decision made by the Olympics Committee in 2009 right after the announcement of the 2015 and 2019 RWC hosts. Full SFB minutes can be found on the members resources page here.
The full story shared by Tokumasu can be read on the ANZCCJ linked in here.