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South Africa and Japan Building Bridges through Sports

  • 17 Dec 2020
  • 18:00 - 19:00
  • Zoom Online



The South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SACCJ), in collaboration with the South African Embassy in Japan, is proud to announce that we will be hosting a series of webinars leading up to the start of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, that will focus entirely on South Africa and Japan Sports Connections to illustrate how nations build bridges through sports.

As Japan prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games in 2021, on the back of being the host nation of a successful 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup, the world is once again focused on Japan, her people and the Japanese culture.

As the world spectates these prestigious events, little is known about the impact that hosting these events have on sporting relations.  As such, the SACCJ is inviting you to its first webinar series, commencing  on the 17th of December 2020, that aims to highlight Japan-South Africa sports exchanges that have come about as a result of Japan hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.  The discussion will highlight how Fukuoka Prefecture and South Africa use sport as a catalyst to forge a legacy for both nations.

This invitation is open and free to the members of SACCJ and their guests*.

Location: Zoom Online Webinar

Time: Thursday, 17 December 2020, 18:00-19:00(JST); 11:00-12:00(SAST)

**Sign-in will be allowed from 17:50(JST); 10:50(SAST)

Deadline for registration: Thursday, 17 December 2020, 12:00 (JST) 05:00 (SAST)

Dr. Harrison HlabaneSACCJ Director, will be facilitating the webinar.

If you will use Zoom for the first time, please download the Zoom app from the link: Zoom Download.

In order to ensure that you are able to join the webinar, please test your access at this link: Zoom Test.


Mr Masayuki Yamamoto

Director of Iizuka City Invitation Committee, HostTown Initiative

Mr Barry Hendricks

President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)

Mr Leon Fleiser 

Acting General Manager: High Performance, SASCOC

*Update: Mr Fleiser will no longer be speaking at the webinar.

Mr Hiroshi Munemasa

Representative Director of the SANIX Youth Rugby Invitational Tournament

**Update: Mr Munemasa is no longer able to speak at the webinar.

Mr Mark Alexander

President of the South Africa Rugby Union (SARU)


The South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan was established in 2008 to promote trade and commerce as well as enhance friendship and cultural understanding between the two nations. The SACCJ strives to be a reliable first point of contact for businesses and individuals related to South Africa in Japan, and to provide our members with access to a wealth of information and contacts to assist in their projects, ventures and businesses.



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