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Japan Meeting & Incentive News    -June 2013-

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JNTO Paris Office promotes International Congress of Cytology (May 29th-June 3rd, 2016, in Yokohama)
In May 2016, the 19th International Congress of Cytology will be held in Yokohama...
Tokyo will host the XXII International Society for Eye Research Biennial Meeting in 2016 (ICER2016)
Tokyo has been selected to host the XXII International Society for Eye Research Biennial Meeting in 2016....
2016 Conference of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua2016) to be held in Tokyo
In 2016, the Conference of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) will be held in Tokyo ...
Now Available - Japan e-book for Meeting Planners
Our new guide for meeting planners is now available as an e-book...

What's up in Japan

New Hotel Openings
Another exciting property boom is under way in Japan...
New Airline Routes Launching
Japan's two international carriers, Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have recently launched new routes...
Japan: Top Association Meeting Spot in Asia in the 2012 ICCA Rankings
In the ICCA's annual global survey of association meetings, Japan was once again confirmed as one of the world's top international destinations for association meetings...

4 Hours in Tokyo

Sightseeing in Tokyo: Old Japan, New Japan
Start at [JR Tokyo Station]Take snapshots around the station's beautifully restored building: 15 minutes...

JNTO NEWS

JNTO Paris Office promotes International Congress of Cytology (May 29th-June 3rd, 2016, in Yokohama)

In May 2016, the 19th International Congress of Cytology will be held in Yokohama. This is a major conference that will welcome more than 5,000 attendees. The Congress will run from May 29th to June 3rd, 2016 (and may even be extended further) at Pacifico Yokohama.

At the 18th International Congress of Cytology, held in Paris from May 26th to 30th of this year, representatives of the JNTO Paris office promoted the 19th International Congress of Cytology in Yokohama.

Yokohama is a major port city just 30 minutes by car from Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Yokohama's convention area is adjacent to a fashionable shopping district, and is itself an embarkation point for dinner cruises on Tokyo Bay. Readily accessible attractions for attendees before and after conferences include Mt. Fuji and Kamakura, which was the centre of Japan's samurai culture more than 800 years ago.

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Tokyo will host the XXII International Society for Eye Research Biennial Meeting in 2016 (ICER2016)

Tokyo has been selected to host the XXII International Society for Eye Research Biennial Meeting in 2016. This event will be coming to Japan for the fourth time; Tokyo follows Osaka, Nagoya, and Yokohama as a host city. Having been held in the capitals of several other countries, the conference is now coming to Japan's capital for the first time.

Takeshi Iwata of the Tokyo Medical Center played an important role in bringing this conference to Japan. He talked to us about his hopes for the event:

The convenience of accessing Tokyo from around the world, and of accessing the rest of Japan from Tokyo, was important in bringing the conference to Japan. In particular, Japan is only a few hours by plane from other Asian countries, and that encourages attendance from the rest of Asia. With the Tokyo Congress, we want to showcase Tokyo as the hub of eye research in Asia.

Another area where Tokyo scored highly is its abundance of sightseeing attractions during the period of the conference. We highlighted tours to the Kabukiza Theatre, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Skytree. The fact that so many plays and other performances are happening all the time in Tokyo also makes the city appealing. The many options for places to host receptions and gala dinners were another plus.

Along with Tokyo's appeal, our bid for this conference included trial concepts that were welcomed. The ability to conduct the conference entirely in English, to make it paperless, and to introduce technology in a more prominent way, were some of the reasons for our bid's success. Having a lot of medical schools in the host city boosts the number of attendees, and Tokyo is home to more medical schools than any other big city in Japan. Companies that tend to sponsor events are also concentrated in Tokyo, so there will be plenty of exhibitors signing up. Those were some of the other selling points for the bid.

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2016 Conference of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua2016) to be held in Tokyo

In 2016, the Conference of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) will be held in Tokyo. It is planned to take place in October 2016 over a period of four days, and 2,000 attendees are expected.

Eadin Murphy, ISQua Events Manager, visited Japan on a study tour in March 2013 through the cooperation of JNTO. Ms Murphy gave the following comments on why Tokyo was selected to host the conference:

We are delighted to collaborate with the Japan Council for Quality Health Care (JCQHC) to host this leading international scientific meeting on quality and safety. JCQHC are doing great work to improve quality and to assure reliability in health care in Japan. Tokyo's charm as a host city was a factor in its selection. Tokyo will provide a spectacular backdrop for the conference, combining advanced metropolitan features with glimpses of old Japan.

For ISQua2016, she noted that "we have not decided yet on our social activities, but each year we incorporate the culture of the host country into the welcome and networking reception."

For Japan, with its highly developed medical infrastructure, this conference is an opportunity to show the world its achievements in healthcare systems and medical research, and to spur on improvements in the quality of medical care globally.

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Now Available - Japan e-book for Meeting Planners

Our new guide for meeting planners is now available as an e-book. The digital format means you don't have to store a bulky guide anymore, rather you can simply get all the information you need on your computer and iPad. Useful information about Japan's 15 major convention destinations, including details of cities, meeting facilities, unique venues, things to do, accommodation, excursions and case studies, are accompanied by high-quality photos and videos. A PDF version is also available for download.

Check the JAPAN e-Book from our website
(http://japanmeetings.org/planner-tools/toolkit-download.php), or get the USB at the trade show.

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What's up in Japan

New Hotel Openings

(c)InterContinental Osaka

(c)InterContinental Osaka

Another exciting property boom is under way in Japan. Grand Front Osaka is a brand-new shopping, business and entertainment complex outside JR Osaka Station that opened on April 26, 2013. The complex features 266 shops and restaurants, the InterContinental Osaka, and a convention centre capable of welcoming up to 3,000 people for events. The InterContinental Osaka offers 272 guest rooms, 4 banquet and meeting rooms and 5 restaurants.

(c)Hotel Monterey Group

Also opening in June 2013 is the Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort. This resort property is located on the sub-tropical island of Okinawa, overlooking the famous Tiger Beach. The hotel has 339 guest rooms, all with breathtaking ocean views. It also boasts several swimming pools, a lush tropical fruit garden, and a craft workshop. There's even an on-site karaoke bar, if you want to experience a very Japanese evening of fun.

Due to open in 2014 is the Capella Niseko, a destination hotel designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. It is at the foot of Mt. Niseko-An'nupuri on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The hotel will have 80 rooms and a mix of residences, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy some of the world's best skiing.

For further information about the InterContinental Osaka,
visit : http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/osaka/osaha/hoteldetail

For further information about Capella Niseko,
visit : http://www.capellanisekoresidences.com

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New Airline Routes Launching

Japan's two international carriers, Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have recently launched new routes. JAL is now flying nonstop to Boston and San Diego in the US from Narita, and is also due to launch nonstop service from Narita Airport to Helsinki on July 1, 2013. ANA has recently begun services from Narita to San Jose and Seattle in the US. Other carriers have also started running new routes to Japan: KLM began flying a direct Amsterdam to Fukuoka route in April, and Emirates began flying a route from Dubai to Tokyo's Haneda Airport on beginning June 3.

For further information about Japan Airlines :
http://www.jal.co.jp/en/sandiego/

For further information about All Nippon Airways :
http://www.ana.co.jp/wws/us/e/local/promotion/seattle_line/index.html/
http://www.ana.co.jp/wws/us/e/local/promotion/sanjose_line/index.html

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Japan: Top Association Meeting Spot in Asia in the 2012 ICCA Rankings

In the ICCA's annual global survey of association meetings, Japan was once again confirmed as one of the world's top international destinations for association meetings, and the leading destination in the Asia-Pacific region. The survey showed that Japan hosted 341 qualifying meetings, placing it 8th globally. This jump back into the top 10 shows Japan's quick recovery from the setbacks caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which dropped Japan to 13th place in the 2011 ICCA survey.

Japan did not just rank high as a nation; its cities enjoyed a fantastic 2012 for association meetings as well. Tokyo and Kyoto were the top meeting destinations in Japan, but Fukuoka and Kobe also made it into the ICCA's top 100 global cities. In the Asia Pacific & Middle East region rankings, Japan had 12 cities in the top 100.

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4Hours in Tokyo

Sightseeing in Tokyo: Old Japan, New Japan
start at
[JR Tokyo Station]

Take snapshots around the station's beautifully restored building: 15 minutes

(c)Yasufumi Nishi

Walk 3 minutes to

[KITTE]

Visit JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque (IMT): 30 minutes (Free Admission)

Walk 5 minutes to

[Marunouchi Cafe SEEK]

Take a Japanese handicrafts class: 40 minutes (Free of Charge)

Walk 15 minutes to

[Ginza "Kabukiza Theatre"]

Take the tour and visit the gift shop: 60 minutes
See a single act of a kabuki play: About 30-90 minutes (varies by act); 900-2,000 yen
*Regular ticket for one performance (2-3 acts): 4,000-20,000 yen

(c)Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Walk a few minutes to

[Ginza "Brand Street"]

Stroll the high-end boutiques of this famous luxury shopping district: 30 minutes

Walk 7 minutes to

[Lunch at Sushi Bar]

Lunch: 30 minutes; approx. 1,000 yen

Estimated Total Budget: 3,000 yen

[Option A: Art Tour (1000 yen)]
[Option B: Business Building Tour (Free Admission)]
[Option C: Shopping and Gourmet Tour]

This itinerary is intellectually stimulating. It gives a point of contact with Japanese history, while also offering something new. We also focused on places that were reasonably priced.

JR Tokyo Station

(c)Yasufumi Nishi

In continuous use for more than 90 years, the Tokyo Station building is the nexus of Japan's railway network. It is also a Tokyo landmark and architectural masterpiece. It was originally built in 1914, in the Gothic Revival style, and was designed by the renowned architect Tatsuno Kingo. Boasting a 335-metre long redbrick facade, it took six and a half years, and the combined efforts of 740,000 workers, to complete. During the war in 1945, it lost its iconic north and south domes, as well as other decorative features, to fire. A preservation and restoration project was launched in 2007 and completed in October 2012, returning the station building to its original appearance.

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KITTE

Just opened in March 2013, KITTE is a shopping mall across the street from and directly connected underground to Tokyo Station.

Its 98 fascinating, highly original shops and restaurants reflect KITTE's strong "Japan" appeal and include 30 places selling fashion and fashion accessories. Prices for clothes and accessories tend to be more affordable than in shops in the Marunouchi and Shin-Marunouchi Buildings. The first basement floor features outposts of popular vendors of delicious traditional and modern delicacies representing many regions of Japan, all the way from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Plenty of free samples are on offer!

KITTE (the Japanese word for postage stamp) also includes the Intermediatheque (IMT), a museum jointly operated by Japan Post Co. Ltd. and the University Museum of the University of Tokyo (UMUT). The permanent exhibition of IMT consists of about 7,000 artefacts, which have been selected from the world-class collections accumulated by the University of Tokyo since its foundation in 1877. These objects are exhibited with a unique, eclectic design approach that the museum calls "retrofuturism." From wildlife specimens - including the extinct "elephant bird" Aepyornis, Moa eggs and giant crocodile skeletons - to the world's largest gold and platinum nuggets, to ancient pottery, IMT offers a new way to encounter important objects from both natural and cultural history.

IMT also hosts special exhibitions and events that highlight contemporary scientific research and artistic expression, while keeping to the same "retrofuturistic" curatorial approach as the permanent exhibition.

Consult the IMT website for schedules and other details :
http://www.intermediatheque.jp/en/schedule

Address
2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-7001

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Marunouchi Cafe SEEK

Marunouchi Cafe SEEK opened in January 2012, to provide a venue that foreign visitors to Tokyo would find welcoming and genuinely useful. It offers convenient services including free Wi-Fi, a library of tourist literature and other resources of interest to foreigners visiting Japan. SEEK also serves as a gallery, presenting exhibits about Japanese art and culture. And it hosts events and hands-on classes related to traditional Japanese arts such as origami and calligraphy.

Adding to the convenience, on the first floor of the same building is a JNTO Tourist Information Center (TIC).

For more information, please visit the English website :
http://www.marunouchicafe.com/english/

Address
2F Shin Tokyo Building, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005

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Kabukiza Theatre

(c)Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Kabukiza Theatre is a flagship theatre of Kabuki, a traditional Japanese performing arts. It has stood on the same site since 1889. After a reconstruction, including the building of a multipurpose office high-rise, Kabukiza Theatre opened again in April 2013. The daily program consists of 2 or 3 performances with 2 or 3 acts each. The line-up changes monthly. If you'd like just a taste of Kabuki, withought spending too long at the theatre, a "hitomakumi" single act ticket is an economical way to see one part of a performance in this daily program. To enable non-Japanese speakers to follow the performance, an English Earphone Guide rental service is provided. Just go to the Earphone Guide counter to rent. The cost of the rental for a single act is 500 yen and for a full performance(2 to 3 acts) is 700 yen, with a 1,000 yen deposit that is refunded when you return the receiver.

You can also get a sense of the world of Kabuki in the Kabukiza Gallery and the Rooftop Garden.

For more information, please visit the English website :
http://www.kabuki-bito.jp/eng/

Address
4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061

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Lunch at Sushi Bar

There is a sushi bar which serves sushi with a creative twist, embracing the sushi rolls that are so popular in global sushi cuisine, while using innovative ingredients and preparation methods. The extensive menu (available in English) features seasonal vegetables and seafood, and includes more than 30 different original sushi rolls.

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Option A: Art Tour (1000 yen)
Idemitsu Museum of Arts

The Idemitsu Museum of Arts is located in the Imperial Theatre Building, a 13-minute walk from Tokyo Station. It looks out over the beautiful gardens of the Imperial Palace. First opened in 1966 to exhibit the collection of East Asian antiques assembled over some 70 years by Sazo Idemitsu (1885-1981), it reopened after a renovation in 2007. The new space honours the traditional Japanese aesthetic of the museum's original design, while adding a contemporary touch. It provides an inviting, relaxing atmosphere in which to appreciate the museum's numerous artworks, many of them National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. Many historical styles of Japanese painting, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, works by modern Japanese painters such as Kosugi Hōan, calligraphy, East Asian ceramics (ancient and modern) and more are represented. There are even a few Western painters on display. Themed special exhibitions are held six or seven times a year.

Consult the museum's English website for details:
http://www.idemitsu.com/museum/

Address
9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005

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Option B: Business Building Tour (Free Admission)
Bank of Japan and Currency Museum

The Bank of Japan is a 12-minute walk from Tokyo Station. Completed in 1896, the Bank of Japan building was registered as an Important Cultural Property in 1974. With advance reservations, you can take an English-language tour of Bank of Japan facilities normally off-limits to the public, including the old underground vault, the former offices, and an archives display room.

The Currency Museum has a collection of about 4,000 artefacts, ranging from the currencies of Japan through the ages, and of other East Asian countries, to related items such as wallets and lottery tickets.

Highlights include authentic gold coins minted in the 16th century by samurai warlords, with full-scale replicas that visitors can pick up and handle, and a presentation on the latest anti-counterfeiting technologies used in current Bank of Japan notes. Various unique notes and coins from around the world are also on display.

For more information, please visit the English website :
http://www.boj.or.jp/en/about/services/kengaku.htm

Address

In-House Tours of the Bank: 2-1-1, Nihonbashi-Hongokucho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo,103-0021

Currency Museum (Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies): Bank of Japan Annex Building, 1-3-1 Nihonbashi-Hongokucho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0021

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Option C: Shopping and Gourmet Tour
Coredo Muromachi

Coredo Muromachi is a multipurpose complex a 14-minute walk from Tokyo Station in the historic Nihombashi district. It has five floors of retail, mainly eateries with a few other culinary-related shops. A common thread among these establishments is the convergence of the best of Japanese food traditions with fresh, contemporary flair. Coredo Muromachi's elegant decor evokes the classic Japanese architecture of teahouses and old-fashioned wooden homes.

For more information, please visit the English website :
http://mi-mo.jp/lng/eng/muromachi.html

Address
2-2-1 Muromachi, Muromachi Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0022

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