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Latest speaker for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific confirmed as Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of RWC ’19 LOC

The latest speaker to confirm his participation at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event is Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.

Mr Shimazu is the latest in a long line of Japan’s sporting glitterati to confirm their participation at this unmissable event for those involved in mega sporting events and sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology provision.

Mr Akira Shimazu

Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee, joins the 50+ industry-elite speakers participating at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016

Speaking about his participation at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016, Mr Shimazu said:

It gives me great pleasure to welcome an event in Japan like the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific [event to be] held. I expect that people involved in various international sports and other events in this country will strengthen the collaboration through such an opportunity.

As the Organising Committee of the Rugby World Cup 2019, together with our nation-wide 12 host cities and the local governments wishing to become official team camps, we are looking forward to being able to meet and raise relations with many stakeholders as well.

Currently acknowledged as the fastest growing market for sporting events and sports venue developments ithe world, Japan is the perfect choice for our 18th Stadia & Arena conference and exhibition, with 36 venues currently proposed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 19 confirmed for the Paralympics. Not to mention the Rugby World Cup 2019 taking place across 12 sites and the Kansai Masters in 2021.

In addition, Japan’s successful three-tier soccer league, a well-established baseball league and a soon-to-be-expanded basketball league (for which 15 arena projects are already planned, with many more being proposed), promise to deliver a plethora of opportunities, not least as the Sporting Nation Research Committee has highlighted the fact that the country’s stadia and arenas need to be transformed from cost- to profit centres.

The wider Asia Pacific region is also a hotbed of activity, with 75 actual/predicted projects, including those for events such as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2022 Winter Olympics, as well as the new Perth Stadium, Cambodia’s new Morodok Techno National Stadium and the Kai Tak Sports Park.

Throughout the program more than 50 industry experts will share their invaluable insights, including other key figures from Japan’s sporting landscape, such as:

Toshiro Muto, CEO, Tokyo 2020
Masaaki Okawa, Chairman, Japan Professional Basketball League

Plus an array of industry-elite speakers from across the globe.

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Numerous projects and major sports venue developments from around the region, and indeed the globe, will be showcased during the event, with a significant number of key project stakeholders to be represented from countries such as China, South Korea and Australia, as well as North America, the Middle East and Africa, to name but a few.

Conference delegates will also have a unique opportunity to meet the leading product and service suppliers in a ‘live’ sports venue setting.
Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 will be held at the Yokohama Arena in the City of Yokohama, Japan, from 26-28 September 2016.
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