Rugby Alliance series of events: Diversity in Rugby

Diversity in Rugby: The Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to join the next Rugby Alliance event

By now, you know the facts about the Rugby World Cup 2019. From September 20 to November 2, 48 games involving 20 international teams will be held in 12 host cities across Japan. It will be the first time this global event has been held in Asia. And Japan is poised to welcome over 400,000 visitors across 44 days, attracting a worldwide media audience from over 200 nations.

By the end of 2018, a record number of over 4.5 million ticket applications had been received by the 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 the 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 diversity and inclusion picture surrounding RWC 2019 from a dream team of panellists. 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

Panellists (more exciting 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

The IJCC is very pleased to be joining 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
  • South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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

Event schedule

1130-Doors open, cloakroom, networking
1230-Opening comments from Akira Shimazu, CEO of the Rugby World Cup Organising Committee
1240-Panel discussion includes an esteemed line up of panellists
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 are 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 a 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。



Venue Information

Conrad Tokyo, 2F Kazanami Ballroom
1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi Minato-ku
Venue link


Member Cost: ¥7,300
Non-Members Cost: ¥9,300


Register at the following link but please ensure you mention your membership, if you are an IJCC member. Registration

Event Details

  • Mar 26th 2019
    Register by Mar 12th 2019
  • 12:00 ~ 14:00
  • Conrad Tokyo, 2F Kazanami Ballroom
    1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi Minato-ku
  • Members: Y7,300 Non-members: Y9,300