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Sports for Business Committee Meeting & soccer match

  • 31 Aug 2017
  • 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Rafre Hotel Saitama
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The ANZCCJ Sports for Business Committee Co-Chairs Sally Townsend and Matthew Walker invite you to join us at the next Sports for Business Committee Meeting.

Building on the momentum generated by a sports roundtable held in Australia in March by the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC), its Japanese counterpart, the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee (JABCC) and ANZCCJ will be holding a joint Sports for Business Committee Meeting on 31 August 2017.

Guest speakers at this meeting will be Mr Gen Fukushima, Ticketing & Marketing Manager for RWC2019 Organising Committee and Mr Shuji Aoe, JTB Corporation who will provide an overview of the current planning for ticketing and marketing for 2019 and opportunities for Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan.  The meeting will end with a message from our special guest speaker – Mr Luke Bould, Football Federation Australia’s Head of Commercial, Marketing and Digital – who will talk to us about the importance of this match to Australia.

The meeting will be followed by the Australia v Japan FIFA World Cup Qualifying match in Saitama Stadium 2002!

Event details

Date & Time: 31 August 2017, 5:30pm

Venue: Rafre Hotel Saitama (Map)

Transportation: A chartered bus will depart Tokyo for Saitama and return to Marunouchi after the match. 

Price: ANZCCJ members 11,000 yen | Guests of ANZCCJ members 13,000 yen. Price includes return bus fare, meeting room hire, dinner and one ticket to the soccer match).


15:45  Meet at Tokyo Station (in front of Shin-Marunouchi Building - refer to map)

16:00  Bus departs

17:30* Arrive Rafre Hotel (Saitama)

17:35* Meeting starts - Sports for Business panel discussion on "Marketing and ticketing for RWC2019"

18:10 Dinner (Rafre Hotel)

18:40 Depart for Saitama Stadium 2002

19:35 Kick-off Australia v Japan

21:40* Depart Saitama Stadium 2002 

23:10* Arrive Tokyo Station (in front of Shin-Maru bldg)

* Times subject to change on day of event

About the Match
The Socceroos are facing a tough match as they clash with Japan’s Samurai Blue team on 31 August in Saitama. This is a high stakes match for both teams, especially the Australians who face the very real prospect of being forced to travel the risky path of a playoff series should they fail to get at least one point in this match. Currently in Asian Group B, after eight games played each, Japan is first with 17 points, Saudi Arabia is second with 16 and Australia third with also 16 points. A win secures three points, a draw one, and a loss, none. Even though they are group leaders, Japan, following their unfortunate draw to Iraq, can’t afford to take this game easy either. With only two games remaining in the group stages, and only the top two teams from each group securing automatic entry into the World Cup, a win either way in this match would be a massive boon to that team’s chances of qualification. In their last game against each other, Japan emerged victorious, so all eyes are on Australia to see if they can strike back and lock in their opportunity to achieve glory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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