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Japan Convention Bureau Japan National Tourism Organization August 2012 Newsletter 
     
FEATURED HIGHLIGHT
     

Japan Ranked Third in the World, and Second in Asia,
for International Conferences Hosted

The Union of International Associations (UIA) ranked Japan third in the world for hosting 598 international conferences in 2011 (interim number, UIA). The top five countries were: 1st: Singapore (919), 2nd: U.S. (744), 3rd: Japan (598), 4th: France (557), 5th: Belgium (533). Also, Asian/Oceania countries ranked as follows: 1st Singapore (919, world 1st), 2nd: Japan (598, 3rd), 3rd: South Korea (469, 6th), 4th Australia (329, 10th), 5th: China (200, 16th). [See references 1 and 2 at right.]

Following the Great East Japan earthquake that occurred in March 2011, many of the international conferences planned to be held in Japan last year were postponed or cancelled, unfortunately. This caused a decrease in the number of international conferences held in Japan from the highest ever 741 conferences recorded in 2010 (world's 2nd, 1st in Asia).

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NIIGATA CITY AUGUST 2012 SPOTLIGHT DESTINATION
     
Asteroids Comets Meteors 2012 conference held in Niigata A message from Niigata Visitors and Convention Bureau:
The Asteroids Comets Meteors 2012 (ACM2012) conference was held in May 16-20, 2012 in Niigata, at TOKI Messe (Niigata). It was the first time the conference was held in Asia. This convention is periodically held once every three years, with approximately 400 researchers from over 30 different countries. The Niigata Visitors and Convention Bureau (NVCB) has made efforts since 2008 to bring this conference to Niigata.
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In the future as well, Niigata Visitors and Convention Bureau will make efforts to invite and provide assistance for hosting international conventions like ACM2012. Your consideration in having an international congress in "Niigata city, the town of food and flowers" with sophisticated transportation access, including international airport and an express train network, is most welcomed.
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ADDITIONAL NEWS
     
JNTO will be at ASAE Annual Meeting
& Expo in Dallas, TX
Showcasing Japan's vitality among its Asian neighbors: CIBTM Yokohama selected for the 9th International Orthodontic Congress 2020
The Japan Convention Bureau will have an exhibit at ASAE's Annual Meeting & Exposition to be held in Dallas, Texas, from August 11 to August 14, 2012. It has been a few years since Japan has participated in an ASAE event, and we are looking forward to getting re-connected with friends and colleagues associated with ASAE. Read More >> JNTO will have an exhibit at the China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) and the MICE business meeting to be held in Beijing for three days (September 12-14, 2012). You are welcome to visit the Japan booth during the show. Don't miss your opportunity to get various kinds of information there, including topics like the allure of Japan, support services, and ideas for incentive theme parties. Read More >> The World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO) has chosen Yokohama as the site for the 9th International Orthodontic Congress 2020. It will be the first time that the international congress will be held in Asia. For this honour, the Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau worked closely with Dr. Keiji Moriyama of the Japanese Orthodontic Society (JOS) to beat out seven other destinations.
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Chiba selected for CID-UNESCO World Dance Congress 2014 ANA Increases Tokyo (Narita) - New York Service August-September 2012 Convention Calendar
CID-UNESCO World Dance Congress 2014, an event that will bring specialists in all forms of dance from around the world, will be held in Chiba. This will be the first time the World Dance Congress has been held in Asia, organized by CID-UNESCO-TOKYO with the Japan Tourism Agency, the Japan National Tourism Organization, and the Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center as supporting partners. Read More >> ANA Group, Japan's largest Airline Group, today announces that it will increase the number of flights it operates between Narita and New York (JFK), from 7 flights a week to 14. This change, which will allow ANA to capitalize on the growth in demand for connections between Asia and North America, will come into effect from Sunday, October 28, 2012. Read More >> Many extensive conferences are planned in Japan for this year, including The 20th IPPNW World Congress, The 1st International Congress of Aromatherapy (ICA2012), 4th Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS2012), 19h International Mass Spectrometry Conference (IMSC2012), IUMRS-ICEM2012, 32nd Congress of the Societe Internationale d' Urologie (SIU2012).
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Eco-friendly lifestyle in Japan
during the summer
Japan's Green Convention Facilities Site Master Motivator Award to Mr. Morimoto of Event Services
Starting 2005 in Japan, aggressive initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide were taken during the summer months (May-October), as part of anti-global warming measures. For workplaces as well, various measures have been taken to maintain comfortable office environments, even keeping the room temperature under 28 C when running the air conditioning. In particular, "Cool Biz", a type of office dress code for summer has widely attracted attention recently. Here are some examples of how to enjoy a "cool summer" using "Cool Biz". Read More >> Lately, global warming and the heat-island phenomenon have become hot-button issues, and the significance of green conventions or green meetings at international conferences has increased with the aim of achieving a sustainable society. For this issue, we picked up the topic of rooftop gardening at Japan's convention facilities. There are numerous benefits to rooftop gardening. Gardens can be used to cool down or keep your room warm according to the season due to the insulation effects of the greenery. Read More >> The highest standard of excellence from Site was presented to Fukuo "Lucky" Morimoto on May 23, 2012 during IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany. The Site Master Motivator award recognizes an individual in the motivational events and incentive travel industry who serves as an ambassador of progress and betterment for the community. A Site member since 1987, Morimoto was the first professional events designer and producer in Japan. His company, Event Services, has been recognized as one of the top 50 event planning companies in the world.
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CONTACT JNTO
     
Japan Convention Bureau
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Mr. Gil Cardon, Convention Manager
Japan National Tourism Organization
11 West 42nd Street, 19th floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel: 212-757-5641, ext. 21
Fax: 212-307-6754
Email: cardon@jntonyc.org
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