Japan plans for 2019

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A year since Japan made history in being the first Asian country to be awarded hosting rights for an IRB Rugby World Cup, preparations have been given a significant boost with the announcement of full cross–party and business sector support to ensure that Japan hosts a successful tournament in 2019.

At a special briefing the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) unveiled details of its strategy plan developed to deliver a tournament which Japan, Asia and the global Rugby community can be proud of and which delivers the framework to accelerate the growth of rugby throughout Asia. Central to the strategy is the full commitment and support of all parliamentary parties, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), The National Agency for the Advancement of Sports and Health (NAASH). All will work closely with the Japan Rugby Football Union Organising Committee to ensure that all conditions of hosting set out by tournament owners Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) are met. " One of the pillars of the MEXT Sports Nation Strategy includes full support of major international tournaments such as Rugby World Cup. We promise that the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology fully supports Rugby World Cup 2019 and we will work in close collaboration with the JRFU, " said Haruki Ozaki, Parliamentary Secretary for MEXT. In addition, the Parliamentary Rugby Group president Gen Nakatani has announced the creation of a special support committee for Rugby World Cup 2019 comprising of 60 ministers from all of Japan's political parties in recognition of the importance of hosting the tournament to Japan and its people. At the briefing support was also reiterated from leaders in the business and public sectors including Kiyoko Ono, chairman of The National Agency for the Advancement of Sports and Health (NAASH), Hiroshi Sato, vice governor of City of Tokyo, Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC), Shunichiro Okano, Supreme Adviser of Japan Football Association (JFA) and the Japan Tourism Agency. " All tournament stakeholders are fully committed to delivering a fantastic, memorable and ultimately successful Rugby World Cup in 2019, " said JRFU chairman Nobby Mashimo. " We are working closely with the government of Japan and local governments and have their full support and Rugby World Cup is a key element of the MEXT Sports Nation Strategy. We also have the backing of the Japan Tourism Agency. We will continue to work with RWCL to ensure that we deliver a tournament that fits the International Rugby Board's strategic goals of growing the Game. This is an exciting opportunity for the JRFU and Japan, " added Mashimo. The coming months will see the establishment of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee to deliver all aspects of planning and preparation as well as RWCL and government liaison to ensure that all hosting conditions are met, preparation accelerated and plans implemented to leverage the opportunities to the host nation of hosting one of the world's biggest and most prestigious sports events. At a special ceremony to mark the one year milestone since being awarded the right to host the tournament, the JRFU also unveiled plans to improve competitiveness of the national team in the run up to Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and beyond, while the Union will also focus on developing its own domestic leagues and raising the profile of the Game in Japan. " The JRFU is also working to improve the competitiveness of the Japan National Team in the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and Rugby World Cup 2015 in England and use these two tournaments as springboards towards an exciting Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, " said Mashimo. " The JRFU has nine years until Rugby World Cup 2019. This may seem like a long time, but in reality, it is a short time period to prepare. The JRFU and its stakeholders will make every effort to ensure that the RWC 2019 in Japan will be a resounding success. We will use due diligence in progressing forward. JRFU's goal is to provide happiness and inspiration to everyone in the Rugby Family. "

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