Rugby World Cup Chairman Bernard Lapasset has welcomed a move by the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Body to apply for registration as an Public Interest Incorporated Foundation (PIIF) in Japan, to ensure that the Tournament can benefit from key provisions and services.
The important decision, made at the inaugural meeting of the Japan Rugby 2019 Council in Tokyo, reflects the ongoing commitment by the Organising body to deliver an exceptional Rugby World Cup that will be good for Japan Rugby and the Japanese people, good for Asian Rugby and good for the ongoing growth and development of the Game worldwide.
The Japan Rugby 2019 Council, which includes President Fujio Mitarai (Honorary Chairman of *Japan Business Federation, chairman & CEO of Cannon Inc.), Vice President Yoshiro Mori (President of Japan Rugby Football Union, Former Prime Minister of Japan) and Yoshio Nakamura (Vice Chairman and Director General of Japan Business Federation), were unanimous in their support of amending the ‘Articles of Association’ of the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Body necessary to facilitate registration.
Once Japan Rugby 2019 is registered as PIIF, the entity, the door will open to important benefits for the Tournament and the Organisers, including access to a stronger financial platform to deliver the Tournament, while ensuring that the event is delivered appropriately and in the interest of the Japanese people. Japan Rugby 2019 is aiming this to be incorporated by the end of this fiscal year.
Lapasset said: "Planning and preparation for Japan's hosting of a first-ever Rugby World Cup in Asia is certainly gathering pace. Today's announcement reinforces the commitment of the Organising Body, working in partnership with RWCL to deliver a strong and hugely successful event that has multiple and long-lasting benefits for the Host Union, Japan, Asia and the global Game."
Japan Rugby 2019 President Mr. Fujio Mitarai said: “We will host the RWC 2019 on behalf of the whole of Asia, and of all Unions of the International Rugby Board around the world. Representatives from all sectors, not only of sports but also of political and economical sectors are represented on Council to form a strong team focused on delivering a successful RWC 2019.
"The step of becoming a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation by end of this fiscal year is another step forward. We are on track and on schedule for the preparation with a good relation with IRB and RWCL.”
*Japan Business Federation is a comprehensive economic organization with a membership comprised of 1,292 representative companies of Japan, 128 nationwide industrial associations and 47 regional economic organizations (as of March 1, 2012).
Executives of Japan Rugby 2019:
President: Fujio Mitarai (Honorary Chairman of Japan Business Federation, Chairman & CEO of Cannon Inc.)
Vice President: Yoshio Nakamura (Vice Chairman and Director General of Japan Business Federation）
Yoshiro Mori (President of Japan Rugby Football Union, Former Prime Minister of Japan)
Tsunekazu Takeda（President of Japanese Olympic Committee）
Akira Uehara: Chairman and CEO of Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Osamu Masuko: President of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
Masayuki Oku: Chairman of the Board of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
Ichiro Kono: President of Japan Sport Council (formerly: National Agency for the Advancement of Sports and Health)
Gen Nakatani: Member of Parliament, President of Parliamentary Rugby Club & Vice President of Parliament Group for Success of RWC 2019
Toshiaki Endo: Member of Parliament, Chairman of Parliamentary Rugby Club & Chairman of Parliament Group for Success of RWC 2019
Hisatsugu Ishimori: Member of Parliament, Secretary of Parliamentary Rugby Club & Secretary of Parliament Group for Success of RWC 2019
Hiroshi Inoue: President of the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan, Chairman & Representative Director of Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.
Kotaro Akiyama: President of The Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association, President and CEO of The Asahi Shimbun Company
Masayuki Matsumoto: President of Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Kazumichi Iwagami: Executive Officer of DENTSU INC.
Hiroshi Konishi: Secretary General of Japan Rugby Football Union
Takashi Katsuta: Board member of Japan Rugby Football Union
Makoto Mizutani: Board member of Japan Rugby Football Union,
Chairman of Japan East Rugby Football Union
Yoshinobu Takaoka: Board member of Japan Rugby Football Union, Chairman of West of Japan (Kansai) Rugby Football Union
Yasuhide Hino: Board member of Japan Rugby Football Union
, Chairman of South of Japan (Kyushu) Rugby Football Union