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Former chairman of the Japan Business Federation Fujio Mitarai was named the chief of the 2019 Rugby World Cup organizing committee on Thursday.

“Hosting this tournament carries great meaning for the country and for its financial world,” the Canon Inc. chairman said through a statement released by the Japan Rugby Football Union.

The JRFU also announced that its president — former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori — will serve as the committee’s vice chairman along with Yoshio Nakamura, the Japan Business Federation’s vice chairman, and Japan Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda.

“Nine years is not as long as it may seem,” Mori said. “We must come up with effective policies (to help the hosting of the event).”

Japan will host Asia’s first Rugby World Cup following England in 2015 and New Zealand next year.

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