FORUM8 Rally Japan 2022 announces outline of the event

Today, at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture, the venue for the FORUM8 Central Rally 2021, the outline of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) “FORUM8 Rally Japan 2022” to be held in November next year was announced.

Firstly, the representative of the organisers, Satoshi Suzuki, President of SAN’S Inc., announced the dates of the event, Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 November 2022, which have been approved as the WRC calendar for the next season and also explained that the competition areas (special stages) would be set in five cities and one town in two prefectures – Okazaki City, Toyota City, Shinshiro City, and Shitara Town in Aichi; Ena City and Nakatsugawa City in Gifu – and that the Service Park, Rally HQ and media centre would be located at Toyota Stadium.

After this announcement, messages for the event were presented by Keiji Furuya, a member of the House of Representatives and Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Motorsports Promotion Parliamentary Association; Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture; Hajime Furuta, Governor of Gifu Prefecture; Yuji Ito, President of the title partner FORUM8 Co., Ltd.; Koji Sato, President of GAZOO Racing Company representing all the WRC teams. At the end of the briefing, representatives of the host cities – Yasuhiro Nakane, Mayor of Okazaki City; Toshihiko Ohta, Mayor of Toyota City; Takane Kosaka, Mayor of Ena City; Takashi Watanabe, Deputy Mayor of Nakatsugawa City – joined the party to pledge the success of the FORUM8 Rally Japan 2022.

FORUM8 Rally Japan 2022 winner’s trophies

FORUM8 Rally Japan 2022 Official Promotion Car

Satoshi Suzuki, Representative of Rally Japan Organisers, President, SAN’S Inc.

Satoshi Suzuki, Representative of Rally Japan Organisers, President, SAN’S Inc.
The 2021 Rally Japan was originally due to take place today, but unfortunately it has been cancelled. I would like to thank all the fans and all the companies involved for their support in organising the 2021 Rally Japan. I feel sorry for the fans and the companies involved. But we have now started to move towards 2022. In consultation with the FIA and WRC Promoter, the date for next year’s event in Japan has just been announced. The dates will be 10-13 November, 2022. The official name of the event will be “FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) FORUM8 Rally Japan 2022”. Following on from this year’s 2021 event, we are pleased to announce that FORUM8 Co., Ltd. will be supporting Rally Japan as the title sponsor. Thank you very much, FORUM8. The event area will be the same as 2021, Aichi and Gifu. We are considering the following cities and town to host the event. Okazaki City, Toyota City, Shinshiro City and Shitara Town in Aichi, and Ena City and Nakatsugawa City in Gifu. These are the 6 municipalities of city and town in 2 prefectures where we are planning to hold the event. Nagoya City and Nagakute City will continuously help us carry out the promotional activities and others for FORUM8 Rally Japan 2022. The Service Park will be located here at Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Aichi. We are considering the Rally HQ and the press room also be located at Toyota Stadium. The Special Stages, liaison, and schedule are being readjusted and will be announced to the press as soon as they are decided.
As in the past, we will continue to work and to build relationships of trust together with the people of the areas where the rally will be held to make it a success. Although the situation in the COVID-19 is still unpredictable, we will do our utmost to ensure that the 2022 rally can be held with the utmost consideration for the health of the local residents, spectators, competitors and other related companies. We also need the cooperation of the Sports Agency and other ministries and agencies. We are determined to proceed with caution in cooperation with these ministries and agencies, as well as other related companies.

Keiji Furuya, a member of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Motorsports Promotion Parliamentary Association

Keiji Furuya, a member of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Motorsports Promotion Parliamentary Association
Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, Rally Japan had been cancelled, but this was due to the unavoidable circumstances of the COVID-19. In other words, we now have more time to promote the event, and we are looking forward to next year’s event with great anticipation.
Compared to the rest of the world, and especially to European countries, Japan has the best car industry in the world. But unfortunately, motorsport culture has not taken root in Japan. For example, young people work hard and participate in a race every few months, they save up for it and then they go. When you go out like that, you not only get to know the fun of motorsport, but also start to understand the dangers of cars and all of these. I believe that this will lead to the establishment of a motorsport culture. That is why we, the Motorsports Promotion Parliamentary Association, are working with the very noble aim of establishing a motorsport culture and contributing to healthy development of youth. I really would like to thank both governors for their cooperation in organising the event. Our main sponsor, FORUM8, is one of Japan’s leading companies in the field of virtual reality, and by replacing recces with virtual reality, we will be able to manage it more efficiently. In this sense, we are very pleased that a company whose work is worthy of being the title sponsor has been appointed.
Then there is Diet member Yagi from Aichi 11 constituency, a member of the Motorsports Promotion Parliamentary Association. Next to him is Diet member Sakon Yamamoto, you all know him, the former F1 driver. He was chosen as the Secretary General of the Motorsports Promotion Parliamentary Association, which was an unusual choice for a first time elected member. Incidentally, the Chief Secretary is Diet member Junko Mihara, and the Director General is Diet member Ooka, who is from Shiga, so, there are many Diet members who are active in and enjoy the world of motorsport and I hope to make it more exciting.

Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture

Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture
I am really grateful that so many of you have come and that we can do this under such beautiful weather.
The WRC Rally Japan was last held in 2010, but last year, for the first time in 10 years, it was scheduled to be held in Aichi and Gifu, but unfortunately, both last year and this year, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 disaster. However, the event will definitely be held in November next year, so I hope that many of you will come again.
As Diet member Furuya mentioned earlier, Japan and Aichi have the world’s largest concentration of automobile industry. If Aichi has the world’s largest automobile industry, it is necessary for us to promote automobile culture and motorsport both at home and abroad, and to become the center of automobile culture and motorsport along with Europe. I believe that Aichi has such a mission, so I would like to take the opportunity of Rally Japan to do my best together with all of you to further expand motorsport.

Hajime Furuta, Governor of Gifu Prefecture

Hajime Furuta, Governor of Gifu Prefecture
I would like to express my sincere congratulations on the decision to hold Rally Japan 2022. After being forced to cancel the event twice in the past two years, the decision has finally been taken, for the third time. I would like to express my heartfelt respect and gratitude to Mr. Suzuki and Diet member Furuya as well as to the many people who have worked tirelessly to bring the event to Japan.
We are thrilled that the two cities of Nakatsugawa and Ena in Gifu will be used as the venue for this event. We are very excited to be able to touch a part of the motorsport culture. Together with the 2 million people of Gifu, I would like to welcome this event, and I hope that we can work together with Aichi to make Rally Japan and Gifu more attractive. As being mentioned about the holy land of motorsport culture, I would like to work together with Gifu and Aichi to create a splendid holy land.
In closing, I would like to express my gratitude once again to all those involved for their efforts to date, and at the same time, I would like to offer my sincere wishes for the success of the event, and I am pleased to be able to play a part in the hosting of this event.

Yuji Ito, President, FORUM8 Co., Ltd.

Yuji Ito, President, FORUM8 Co., Ltd.
FORUM8 has decided to be the title sponsor of WRC 2021 and 2022 because of our long relationship with Diet member Furuya. Unfortunately, the 2021 event has been cancelled and postponed, but we will do our best to support the 2022 event.
We are also the title sponsor of WRC FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza. Some of you may not know much about us, but we are a company that develops CAD software for civil engineering design and construction design analysis, and in recent years, we have been developing driving simulators based on virtual reality software. We would like to expand our business with a view to using VR worldwide in the future.
And I hope all the competitors will do their best at the FORUM8 Central Rally starting today. We are blessed with beautiful weather and I am sure that we will have a good competition. Thank you all for joining us today.

Koji Sato, President, GAZOO Racing Company

Koji Sato, President, GAZOO Racing Company
There is no doubt that the appeal of rallying lies in the competition itself, where the world’s best cars and drivers compete against each other. At the same time, however, I believe that one of the most appealing aspects of the WRC is the beauty of the cars and the beautiful scenery of each country, and the abundance of nature that is nurtured along with the cars in each region.
Next year’s Rally Japan will be held in Aichi and Gifu, which have beautiful Satoyama landscapes, woodland in a village, that we can proudly show to the world.
With the help of all of you, I would like to ask for your continued support as we work together to make next year’s Rally Japan a success.


Title Partner

  • Forum 8

Gold Partner


Silver Partner

  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance

Bronze Partners

  • Cheerio Corporation Co., LTD
  • eplus inc.
  • Nakanishi Metal Works Co., Ltd.
  • PUMA Japan K.K.

Official Supporters & Official Supplier

  • ZOLL Medical Corporation
  • JTB Corp.
  • All Toyota dealers in Aichi prefecture
  • All Toyota dealers in Gifu prefecture

Media Partners

  • The Chunichi Shimbun
  • Nagoya Broadcasting Network Co., Ltd.
  • Aichi Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
  • Toyohashi Cable Network
  • Himawari Network
  • CBC RADIO Co., Ltd.
  • TOKAI RADIO Co., Ltd.
  • ZIP-FM Inc.

WRC Partners

  • AsahiKASEI
  • Wolf