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Canon, world leader in imaging, announced that it has

renewed its contract and become the first company

to serve as an official sponsor for Rugby World

Cup 2019 in Japan, which will take place in

twelve host cities* across the country from

20 September to 2 November.

Hosted every four years, Rugby World Cup

is one of the world’s most prestigious

sporting events with the world’s top

20 national teams competing across

48 matches to win the ultimate prize in

the sport, the Webb Ellis Cup.

Japan 2019 will be the event’s ninth

edition and the first in Asia. The 2015

Tournament, which was hosted in

England, was the best attended with

2.48 million fans, the most viewed

with record broadcast, digital and social

coverage in more than 207 nations.

As with other sporting competitions in the past,

Canon will provide behind-the-scenes support to

members of the press covering the Rugby World Cup

2019, including camera and lens maintenance services and

product loans, to enable photographers to

capture all the action of the tournament. The

Canon Group will also provide the print and

copying solutions used by the Tournament

Organising Committee, supporting the event

by facilitating the printout of handout materials

and the streamlining of document workflows.

As a Rugby World Cup 2019 official sponsor,

Canon offers the full support of its diverse

imaging businesses, ranging from cameras,

lenses, video camcorders and network cameras

to copiers, multifunction devices, printers,

projectors and medical equipment.

Canon Inc. Chairman & CEO Fujio Mitarai said:

“Following on from Rugby World Cup 2015

in England, Canon is delighted to continue

backing the tournament, which will take place

in Asia for the first time, as an official sponsor

of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. In addition

to supporting professional photographers from

Japan and overseas as they capture the intense

action of the world’s top teams facing off in

peak condition; Canon, working together with

the organising committee, relevant authorities,

Canon to sponsor Rugby World

Cup 2019™ tournament