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JNTO meeting and incentive website has renewed!

JNTO has renewed the meeting and incentive pages on its website to provide conference organizers and meeting and incentive planners with even more practical functions.

The new pages offer a facility search system that enables you to locate more than 200 convention facilities and hotels in 53 cities and an RFP (Request for Proposal) page. Also available on the JNTO website is information on unique venues and information on quality DMCs and PCOs in Japan, as well as a newsletter and photo library that provide the latest information on conventions and sightseeing attractions.

Along with the upgrade of this website, JNTO has also published the JAPAN MEETING & INCENTIVE PLANNER'S GUIDE (available as a brochure and on DVD), summarizing information on facilities in Japan. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact a JNTO office in your region.

Please explore our new website for tips on and advantages of holding international conferences and incentive tours in Japan.

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Japan, Asia's No.1, leaps from twelfth to seventh in the 2007 ICCA rankings!

On May 20, 2008, the ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association) announced the revised country and city rankings for the number of international meetings held in 2007. Japan, where 215 meetings were held, is seventh, climbing five places from twelfth in 2006, retaining its position as the highest ranked Asian country.

The United States came first in the country rankings, with Germany in second, Spain in third, the United Kingdom in fourth, France in fifth, Italy in sixth, and Japan in seventh.

ICCA website:
"ICCA publishes top 20 country and city rankings 2007"

*Definition of international meetings identified by ICCA: meetings which take place on a regular basis, which rotate between a minimum of three countries, and which have 50 or more participants each time

The holding of the following large-scale congresses in Japan were decided in 2007/2008 with support from JNTO.

2009 The 58th CIDESCO World Congress
2,000 participants
2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
1,000 participants
2012 The 14th World Congress on the Study of Pain
5,000 participants
2014 The 18th ISA World Congress of Sociology
5,000-6,000 participants

"Star Wars Celebration Japan" to be held in July!

"Star Wars Celebration Japan," an official Lucasfilm event marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars movie in Japan, will be held at Makuhari-Messe in Chiba from July 19 to 21, 2008.

The 30th anniversary event was held in the United States in May 2007 and in the United Kingdom in July 2007, with both festivals attracting more than 30,000 visitors each. Given that this is the first time it is being held in the Asian region, the festival promises to be one of the biggest international Celebrations ever, with visitors from other Asian countries and the United States expected to number about 50,000.

"Star Wars Celebration Japan" will feature many programs, including special performances by STAR WARS stars, lectures by special guests, and costume contests.

For detailed information on tickets and programs, please refer to the following official page.

Star Wars Celebration Japan Official Website:

Kyoto contributes to environmental protection through credit card usage

A Foreign Ministers' Meeting will be held from June 26 to 27, 2008 in Kyoto, prior to the upcoming G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, which is attracting considerable attention as a summit on the environment, to be held in July.

In conjunction with this, Kyoto Information Card System (KICS-LLC) will be running a campaign for eight days from June 23 to 30 in which all KICS member stores will automatically provide a discount of 10% to those using credit cards issued outside of Japan and will donate an amount equal to the discount to an environment conservation group promoting the prevention of global warming.

Period of campaign:
June 23 (Mon.) to 30 (Mon.), 2008
Discount applicable to holders of:
Visa, Master Card, Diners, American Express, and JCB cards issued outside of Japan
Discounted amount:
10% of purchase amount

Why not take advantage of this opportunity to do your bit for the environment while savoring the delights of Kyoto?

KICS-LLC campaign website:
"Kyoto contributes to environmental protection through credit card usage"

Kyoto Information Card System:
Japan's largest organization which promotes regional information processing, it has about 1,300 member stores representing 36 shopping mall associations, 8 trade associations, a local chamber of commerce and industry, and a department store in Kyoto Prefecture.

Kyoto Tourist Information website:
Kyoto Prefecture:

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