Chronology of Japan Rugby Footballl -2018
* The Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) was established by eight nations, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. The ARFU confirmed that they would hold the 1st Asia Rugby Championship, which was preliminarily agreed upon with other nations, in Japan in March 1969. The 2nd championship would be held in Hong Kong the following year, afterward each nation would take turns holding this championship.
* The board meeting of the JRFU held on July 8 determined to eliminate the three-regional tournaments which already lost their status due to the new Japan Rugby Championship.
* The Japan East Rugby Football Union put an end to the Student Rugby Association on July 11. The Japan East Rugby Football Union also decided to introduce a two-group system consisting of tournaments and league games, and to send the winners of the crisscross interleague games to the All-Japan University Rugby Championship.
* Kyushu League Games: The Kyushu Rugby Football Union launched the Kyushu League Games composed of university and company rugby teams on September 8.
* In April, the Nishi Kyogoku Athletic Stadium was completed in Kyoto.
[Rules] A new rule revision approved two substitutions for injured players during an international match.
* The Japan national team defeated the NZ Junior All Blacks.
The Japan national team consisting of 23 team members under the direction of the tour director, Shigeru Konno, the head coach, Tetsunosuke Onishi, and the captain, Masayoshi Ozaki, went on an international tour in May and June. The Japan national team went on their first historical tour to New Zealand and Australia experiencing five wins and six losses. The major accomplishment during this tour was the victory over the Junior All Blacks 23-19 on June 3.
* Japan became the first champion at the 1st Asia Rugby Championship.
The 1st Asia Rugby Championship was held at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium in Tokyo between 8 and 16 March 1969, with five nations that were Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand participating. Japan swept all their four games and claimed their first championship title.
[Japan Rugby Championship] TOYOTA defeated Keio 44-16 at the 6th Japan Rugby Championship, wearing the championship crown for the first time.
[University] Waseda shared the championship title with Keio at the All-Japan University Rugby Championship, while Keio advanced to the Japan Rugby Championship by lottery. Waseda claimed their 14th tournament title for two consecutive years by winning all their games at the 39th Kanto Inter-University Rugby Tournament. Senshu University claimed their first league title at the 2nd Kanto University League Games, with seven wins and one draw. Doshisha became the Kansai champion and Fukuoka Institute of Technology became the Kyushu champion. Fukuoka Institute of Technology defeated Kagoshima 22-21 at the 18th Kyushu University Rugby tournament, claiming their fourth consecutive tournament title.
[Company Rugby] TOYOTA defeated Yahata Steel Works 19-13 at the 21st Japan Company Rugby Football Championship claiming their first championship title.
[International] All-Yamaguchi rugby team toured Taiwan in April with one win and two losses. In May, the All-JR rugby team toured Taiwan with one win and two losses. In August, Keio toured Thailand and Hong Kong with four wins and one loss. In August, TOYOTA toured South Korea with four wins and one loss. In November, Tokyo Sanyo toured South Korea with two wins and one loss.