2019 Rugby World Cup - One Year to Go

Sept. 19, 2018 19:00 - 21:00

Joint Event

  • Online bookings are closed for this event.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan together with our Rugby Alliance partners invite you to celebrate with us at "2019 Rugby World Cup - One Year To Go". 

Next year, the Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan from 20 September to 2 November 2019. The tournament will involve 20 international teams, 48 matches, and 12 host cities. It will be the first time the RWC has been held in Asia, and the first to be staged since the Rugby Sevens was recognized as an official Olympic sport in 2009. The mega event is expected to draw worldwide attention from over 200 nations, and Japan is poised to welcome over 400,000 unique visitors across 44 days.

Our "2019 Rugby World Cup One Year To Go" event is a key moment in time for community and business - both Japanese and foreign - to celebrate the potential of the RWC 2019 as a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and an agent for societal change.

BCCJ is very pleased to be co-hosting this special event with over 300 friends and colleagues from the following Chambers:

  • Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (main organiser)
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • 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 host cities, as well as rugby organising bodies in Japan.

Special guests include the senior leadership team from World Rugby: World Rugby Chairman, Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Vice Chairman, Agustin Pichot, World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper, World Rugby COO and Head of Rugby World Cup, Alan Gilpin, and World Rugby Executive Director - Rugby World Cup 2019, Rob Abernethy.

Melanie Brock, ANZCCJ Chair Emeritus and the president of the Rugby Australia Foundation's Japan Chapter, will be MC of the event, including a brief discussion with Japan Wheelchair Rugby player and bronze medalist Hiroyuki Misaka, and former Sakura Sevens player Aya Nakajima

Local Japanese Chambers of Commerce will participate as well as their local tourism offices which will use the event to promote their RWC 2019 offering with individual booths.

Join us for this special event, where we will officially launch our Rugby Alliance project!


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.'


Event flow

1800-Doors open, cloak room

1830-Drinks and canapes

1900-Speeches and formal proceedings


2040-Special guest!

2100-Event ends



  • Strictly first come, first served basis.
  • Deadline for registration, payment and cancellation is August 31 Friday.
  • There can be no refunds after this date. 
  • Ticket price includes free-flow beverages and a selection of party food

お申し込みとキャンセルの締め切りは 8月31日(金)15時です。




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

Happo-en, 1F Room Jour
1-1-1 Shirokanedai Minato-ku

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Payment Options:

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Member Cost: ¥10,000

Non-Members Cost: ¥13,000