Countdown to Kickoff: Japan’s rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup

With just one year to go before the Rugby World Cup 2019’s first match kicks off in Japan; the Japan Foundation London is delighted to announce a special symposium “Countdown to Kickoff: Japan’s rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup”, in partnership with SOAS Japan Research Centre.

Japan will be the first Asian nation to hos the Rugby World Cup and the lead-up provides a great opportunity to reflect upon the relationship between Japan, rugby, and sporting mega-events.

The symposium will look at Japan’s rugby history, its place within society and culture, and the possible effects and challenges of hosting such a major sporting event in the current climate. There will be a chance to reflect on the rationale of Japan’s bid for the tournament as well as an analysis of the orgnaisational differences between Japan’s previous sporting mega-events, i.e. the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, and the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup. There will also be reflection on Japan’s perfomance at the previous tournament and their prospects for the upcoming tournament. The symposium will be chaired by Dr J. Simon Rofe, the Programme Director of MA Global Diplomacy at SOAS whose research has a particular focus on diplomacy in sport.

Date: 20 September 2018 from 5.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: SOAS (Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webly Wing), London

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