News Release on November 28, 2022


FORUM8 Co., Ltd.

FORUM8 will be the Title Partner of FORUM8 Rally Japan 2023!

-Supports Rally Japan as Official Partner for the second straight year-

Same as the year 2022, FORUM8 Co., Ltd. (2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo. President Yuji Ito. URL: will support "WRC FORUM8 Rally Japan 2023", the Japan round of FIA World Rally Championship held from November 16, 2023, as a sole official partner.

Founded in 1973, the WRC is the world's premier rally event with a rich history and tradition. From Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation returned to the event in 2017 after an 18-year absence and has won the titles including the manufacturer's title. FORUM8 Rally Japan 2022, held in Japan for the first time in 12 years, was a great success as the final round of the season, covering approximately 1000 km in Aichi and Gifu prefectures (Shinshiro City, Toyota City, Nakatsugawa City, Ena City, and Okazaki City).

Rally Japan 2023 will be hosted by Toyota City (Aichi Prefecture), Ena City (Gifu Prefecture), Toyota Motorsports Club, M.O.S.C.O., and TOYOTA Town Management Co.Ltd. In addition, the Rally Japan 2023 Executive Committee has been established as the organizer of the event.
This is the first time in Japan that a municipality becomes an organizer of a competition. The goals of the event are to promote and revitalize local attractions through motor sports, and to create an environmentally friendly and safe community where people can enjoy cars safely. In a press conference held on November 26, 2022, Mr. Toshihiko Ota, Mayor of Toyota City, also mentioned three key points: to aim for a safe and secure rally for all, to hold the rally from the fans' point of view, and to utilize the rally to solve social issues such as SDGs, ESD, and ESG through sustainable vehicles and event management to make it a "Rally for the Future".

As a software developer and IT company, Forum8 agrees with the purpose of this competition and will contribute to the support and development of the event by providing systems based on the Japan-made VR software UC-win/Road and CG software Shade3D, digital twin, simulation services, and the Web VR platform F8VPS for the Toyota Stadium Metaverse that was also open for Rally 2022.

Forum8 is also supporting the WRC as an official sponsor for 2023 to enliven the World Rally Championship, looking forward to the spreading of safe and secure motorsports.

"Rally Japan 2023 Executive Committee"

Date of foundation: Nov. 26, 2022

Committee member:
Mr. Toshihiko Ota, Mayor of Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture (Committee chief)
Mr. Takane Kosaka, Mayor of Ena City, Gifu Prefecture (Vice chief)
Mr. Masanori Sekiya, Chairman of Toyota Motorsports Club
Mr. Haruo Takakuwa, Representative Director of M.O.S.C.O.
Mr. Teruo Kawaki, President and CEO of TOYOTA Town Management Co.Ltd.

Forum8 is the Title Partner of FORUM8 Rally Japan 2023!

Round 13 Nov. 16-19, 2023

FORUM Rally Japan 2023 Official Logo
The logo of Forum8, the title sponsor of Rally Japan, is placed, and the dynamic atmosphere of rally cars driving through the satoyama mountains of Japan is depicted with a single stroke of the pen. The Hinomaru (Japanese flag), which has been used in the Rally Japan logo since the event was first held in Hokkaido, is also used to express the Japanese characteristics and the history of Rally Japan.

▲ On November 26, Mr. Toshihiko Ota, Mayor of Toyota City, held a press conference regarding Toyota City's response to the decision to host Rally Japan 2023, announcing the official logo for 2023 and the goals of the event.

▲ In a session at the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge in Toyota held on November 20, Mr. Toshihiko Ota, Mayor of Toyota City, and Yuji Ito, President of FORUM8, discussed the prospects for FORUM8 Rally Japan 2023.

▲ Yuji Ito, President and CEO of FORUM8, made the opening declaration at the ceremonial start on Nov. 10. / Mr. Keiji Furuya, Chairman of the Parliamentary League for Motorsports Promotion / Chairman of the Parliamentary League for Considering Automotive Culture / Member of the House of Representatives (2nd person from the right in the photo).

[Related Information]

▼ Rally Japan 2023 will be held! Toyota city will be the first organizer as a municipality! (Press release by Toyota city on Nov. 26, 2022) (Japanese)
▼ Press conference by Mayor of Toyota city on Youtube (Nov. 26, 2022)
▼ Rally Japan 2022 Official Website
▼ VR Design Studio UC-win/Road
▼ Integrated 3D CG Software Shade3D
▼ Web VR Platform F8VPS
▼ UC-win/Road Safe Driving Simulator