1. Safe and Clean Cities
Japan has a nationwide campaign to fight Covid-19 in accordance with directives from the central government. The focus of these Covid-19 countermeasures, meant for businesses and individuals, is on preventing or avoiding the three Cs:
• Closed spaces with poor ventilation
• Crowded spaces where many people are closely gathered
• Close contact points leading to droplet infection
According to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, extra care should be taken to prevent the “3Cs” from overlapping as this greatly increases the risk of clusters occurring.
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is disseminating these guidelines to help manage Covid-19 and restore the business event industry. The new measures aim to reduce the risk of infection everywhere, from transportation and accommodation to event venues and restaurants. For more information click HERE.
2. Knowledge and Resources
Japan has long been a leading force for research and development in many industries – from engineering and pharmaceuticals to robotics – and also has a strong academic community with a driven spirit as evidenced by its 26 Nobel Prize winners in areas such as physics, chemistry and medicine. Japan has one of the largest national memberships within many international associations, and a strong tradition of hosting international association meetings. There are also several industry clusters around the country, making trips including technical visits and networking opportunities easily organized.
3. Unique Lifestyle and Inspiration
For many years now, Japan has been famous worldwide for its superbly talented artists, architects, fashion designers and other creative people – all of whom contribute to a modern "Cool Japan". Their creativity and artistic sensibilities stem from Japan's sophisticated and ancient traditional culture, rich in craftsmanship and a strong aesthetic sense. This sense of aesthetics and pride in one's work is present in Japan's meeting venues, hotels and event support staff today.
4. Smooth Operations
Japan has a great deal of experience in hosting international programs. In October 2012, one of the world's largest meetings, the Annual Meeting of the IMF and World Bank Group, came to Tokyo with its more than 10,000 delegates on very short notice. The meeting destination had to be rescheduled a short 16 months in advance, and the Japan team coordinated the move to Japan with passion and professionalism, ensuring a smooth transfer and a very successful meeting – which was very much appreciated by the event's organizers. Japan's network of local convention bureaus, professional congress organizers and DMCs bring this level of professionalism to all events in Japan.
Interested in virtually experiencing Japan?
JNTO is taking its Meet Japan educational program online in January 2021. This virtual program for event professionals will consist of an educational seminar, an “online familiarization trip”, and an online “Japan Convention Trade Mart”, which will give hosted buyers the opportunity to meet with potential partners from other cities. Spaces to participate are still available and interested parties can register here.
For more information, contact Alicia Hinds at +1 212 757 5640, email: [email protected] and visit the JTNO meetings website.