Diversity in Rugby

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan together with our Rugby Alliance partners invite you to join us at the second of our Rugby Alliance series of events: Diversity in Rugby

By now, you already know the facts about the Rugby World Cup 2019. From September 20 to November 2, forty-eight 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 unique 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 (£2.97 billion), boosting national GDP by ¥216.6 billion (£1.47 billion).

Underpinning these headline numbers, the Rugby World Cup 2019 is nurturing a diverse legacy. The ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ tournament has begun to hold promise for regional economies, businesses, communities, and families. Governing bodies say it could 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 are celebrating shared rugby values, of teamwork, drive and ambition. And all of this is set against the backdrop of an incredible global gender shift - in 2017, more young women played rugby for the first time than men, and 29% of players are now female.

Join us on March 26 to discover the bigger D&I picture surrounding the RWC 2019, from a dream team of panelists. We promise you will see the power and potential of rugby in a completely new light. 


Opening remarks from Akira Shimazu, CEO of the Rugby World Cup Organising Committee

Panelists (more information coming soon!):

  • Keiko Asami, World Rugby Board member, Former Head Coach of Japan Rugby Women's Sevens Team
  • Koji Tokumasu, President of the Shibuya Rugby Club and Senior Director at the RWC19 Organising Committee
  • Fiona Taag, Head of Global Sponsorship & Europe Marketing Communications, DHL


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

  • Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan 
  • 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.

Join us for this special event, where we continue the story of our Rugby Alliance project, designed to support Japan on a journey of internationalisation and inclusion, as it delivers this major rugby sporting event for the first time.


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


Event flow

1130-Doors open, cloak room, networking


1230-Opening comments from Akira Shimazu, CEO of the Rugby World Cup Organising Committee

1240-Panel discussion includes an esteemed line up of panelists


1350-Thanks and close

1400-Doors close


Further reading

Phenomenal demand for Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets as fans urged not to miss out HERE

RWC 2019 set to deliver record economic benefits HERE



Cancellation policy: Paid reservations by March 12 15:00, after which there can be no refunds on cancellations. No-shows will be charged.  

Bookings taken on a first-come-first-served-basis. Prior booking is essential.

Lunch: (i) Reguar meal (beef) or (ii) Vegan (No meat / No fish / No eggs / No dairy products)

If you would like to have Vegan menu, please inform us by the deadline. We cannot accept changes on the day.

お申し込みとキャンセルの締め切りは 3月12日(火)15時です。 (締め切り以降でもお席がある場合はお申し込みいただけます。ただしキャンセルは出来ません。)



Joint event のため、会場の都合上 参加できる人数に限りがございますので締め切り前に満席になる可能性もございます。




Event Details

  • March 26 (Tue)
    Registration Closed
  • 11:30 ~ 14:00
  • Conrad Tokyo
    Conrad Tokyo, 2F Kazanami Ballroom 1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi Minato-ku
  • Member: 7300 Non-member: 9300
Registration is Closed