Japan Rugby Football Union
Japan Rugby Football Union established November 30, 1926
The JRFU resulted from a merger between the Kanto Rugby Football Union (launched in 1924) and the Seibu Rugby Football Union (established in 1925), the two entities running the game in eastern and western Japan
Rugby has been thriving in Japan for over a century and the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has been leading this Game in supporting the core values of Rugby
Two of the world’s major sporting events will be taking place in Japan over the next 4 years: The Rugby World Cup (RWC) which shall be held in 2019, and the Summer Olympics, which will again feature Rugby 7s, in Tokyo in 2020.
President: Tadashi Okamura
Established: November 30, 1926
Key events in JRFU history
November 30, 1926
Japan Rugby Football Union established. The JRFU resulted from a merger between the Kanto Rugby Football Union (launched in 1924) and the Seibu Rugby Football Union (established in 1925), the two entities running the game in eastern and western Japan.
Yoshihiro Takagi appointed first JRFU president. First rugby game between teams representing eastern and western Japan held at Koshien Stadium. Chichibunomiya Trophy presented to winning team.
Japan team goes to Canada on first overseas tour (6 wins, 1 draw).
JRFU becomes the football division of Dai-Nippon Sports Association (now the Japan Sports Association).
Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu named JRFU honorary president. Tokyo Rugby Stadium completed.
First All-Japan Company Championship held. Fukuoka Haitan Kodan defeats Kintetsu to win title.
Kumazo Tanabe appointed second president. Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu dies aged 50. Tokyo Rugby Stadium renamed Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium.
Shigeru Kayama appointed third president.
First NHK Cup match played (predecessor of All-Japan Rugby Football Championship).
Chichibunomiya Stadium transferred to National Stadium.
National team visits Canada on first overseas tour since end of World War II.
First All-Japan Rugby Football Championship played (Doshisha University defeated Kintetsu for the title).
First All-Japan University Rugby Football Championship played (Hosei defeated Waseda for the title).
Masao Yukawa appointed fourth president.
First Asian Rugby Championship held (Japan won title undefeated).
Michio Yokoyama appointed fifth president.
Japan national high school team visits Canada on first overseas tour (3 wins, 2 losses).
Tokishiro Shiina appointed sixth president.
First All-Japan High School East-West Selection Rugby Championship (East won).
Yuzuru Abe appointed seventh president.
Caps for playing in international games introduced.
Ichiro Isoda appointed eighth president.
Toichiro Kawagoe appointed ninth president.
First Japan Sevens tournament held.
Shigeru Konno appointed tenth president.
Japan hosts tournament as part of IRB World Sevens Series.
Tetsuo Machii appointed eleventh president.
Top League launched.
Vice President Hiroshi Hibino serves as acting president following Machii’s death.
Yoshiro Mori appointed twelfth president.
Japan hosts IRB Junior World Championship (tournament for under-20 national teams). Japan selected as host of 2019 Rugby World Cup.
JRFU becomes a public interest incorporated foundation.
Tadashi Okamura appointed thirteenth president.