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Rugby World Cup a chance to foster diversity, boost exchanges

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20.08.2019

In just one month, the Rugby World Cup 2019 will kick off in Japan.

The Rugby World Cup is the world’s third-largest international sports event following the Olympics/Paralympics and the FIFA World Cup.

Four years ago, in its first match in the last Rugby World Cup, held in England, the birthplace of rugby, perennial loser Japan defeated South Africa, one of the top rugby powerhouses. It was described as the biggest upset in the history of the sport.

Many Japanese still have fresh memories of the heady excitement that enveloped the nation.

The total attendance at the 44-day tournament, which will run from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, is projected to be 1.8 million, including 300,000 to 400,000 fans from abroad.

One of the 12 stadiums hosting the event will be in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture. Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium, located in the coastal city in the northeastern Tohoku region, has been built at the site of a school destroyed by the huge tsunami triggered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

We strongly hope the new stadium will serve as a venue not just for enjoying great rugby matches but also for interregional and international........

© The Asahi Shimbun