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Japanese sports industry, Rugby World Cup and Tokyo 2020 Games to be discussed at LawInSport Annual Conference

Japanese Sports Industry Speakers

The LawInSport 4th Annual Conference taking place in two weeks is all set for its panel discussion on the Japanese sports industry. The expert panel will discuss the commercial and regulatory legal issues ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Japan has a thriving sports industry; the Nippon Professional Baseball reportedly turnovers of over $1b in revenue each year and is ranked in the top 10 professional sports leagues on revenue, the J League football league is ranked in the top 10 leagues on average club revenue (approx 33m per club). This is all before Japan hosts three mega sports events in the next few years that will booster the countries sports industry. 

Our expert panel will discuss, explain and analyse:

  1. the professionalisation of the Japanese rugby;
  2. the legacy of Rugby World Cup;
  3. the sustainability and legacy of the Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games. 
  4. the commercial and regulatory structures of the Japanese sports industry
  5. the challenges and opportunities for those working in or with colleagues in the industry.


  1. Andrew Smith, Barrister, Matrix Chambers (Chair)
  2. Takuya Yamazaki, Managing Partner, Field-R & FIFpro Asia (Chairman)
  3. Nan Sato, Associate, Field-R
  4. Anil Matharu, Vice President and Counsel, IMG Events EMEA
  5. Omar Hassanein, Chief Executive, International Rugby Players' Association (IRPA)

The two-day LawInSport conference will also offer unrivalled networking opportunity with the leading experts, lawyers and executives in the sports sector as well as 8 interactive panel discussions, 2 debates and 4 industry updates. 

For further information including the full agenda and speaker list go to and details of how to book your place click here: We have a restricted number of tickets and therefore this will tickets will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

You can follow updates from the conference on Twitter using #LISconf18.

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