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JNTO Awards Organizers of International Conferences

On October 1, 2008, the internationally acclaimed circus Cirque du Soleil will open a special theatre at Tokyo Disney Resort, that will allow you to experience Cirque du Soleil's latest world of wonder.

During the 18th International Meetings Exhibition, Japan's largest convention trade show, which was held December 18-19, 2008, JNTO presented the first "Best International Convention Awards" to the organizers of the following eight conferences, for their contributions to inviting and organizing international conventions in Japan.
JNTO plans to continue presenting these awards every year as a sign of gratitude to association executives who actively invite and organize international conferences in Japan, and to make their efforts more widely known.

Eight conferences
International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology 2014

Recently, Japan has succeeded in bringing a number of large-scale international conventions to Japan, such as the International Conference on Pattern Recognition, the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, and the Annual SWIFT International Banking Operations Seminar (SIBOS). We will continue to support organizers of international conferences both in Japan and abroad to invite more international conferences to Japan.

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Visit us at the trade fairs

JNTO will participate in both IT&CM China and IMEX 2009 in order to publicize Japan's attractions as a MICE destination. Please drop by and see us at the Japan booth!

Incentive Travel & Convention Meetings China (IT&CM China)
Time:April 15-17
Venue:ShanghaiMart Expo, Shanghai, China
Official Site
The Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events (IMEX 2009)
Time:May 26-28
Messe Frankfurt Hall 8, Frankfurt, Germany
(Stand number B380)
Official Site

Kitakyushu expands its subsidization scheme for international conferences
On the island of Kyushu, famed for its hot springs and its pottery, the city of Kitakyushu is a gateway to the Inland Sea. While it is one of the major industrial cities of Japan, it is also a world model city for

environmental mitigation measures. Kitakyushu already has a scheme to provide some financial support to international conferences held in the city, but from April 2009, the subsidy amount will be increased to 10 million yen, or up to 30% of total expenses. This subsidy amount is among the highest in the country, and can be utilized for expenses at the Kitakyushu International Conference Center and other halls and hotel facilities in the city.
In 2007 alone, Kitakyushu hosted 15 international conventions in medicine, engineering and other fields.

More details:
West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Association
JNTO "Kitakyushu"

Pacifico Yokohama reduces CO2 emissions
Pacifico Yokohama is a large-scale convention complex, including a main hall with 5,000 seats. Since

2008, the center has been planting vegetation on the roof of the conference hall and attached solar shading film on the windows in an attempt to reduce CO2 emissions and mitigate the heat island phenomenon. These measures are intended to reduce the total CO2 emissions from Pacifico Yokohama by approximately 76 tons per year.
Among upcoming events, Pacifico Yokohama will be the venue for SIGGRAPH Asia (3,000 participants) in December this year, as well as the 2012 World Wound Healing Congress (6,000 participants) and the 2014 ISA World Congress of Sociology (5,000 participants). These events will provide excellent opportunities to demonstrate Japan's green initiatives to the world.

More details:
Pacifico Yokohama
Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hotel Update

Hotel Granvia Kyoto installs next generation Wi-Fi in its conference rooms

Located right next to Kyoto Station, Hotel Granvia Kyoto has completed the installation of a next generation IEEE 802.11n wireless network with a data capacity of up to 300 mbps. This network can be accessed both from its major banquet halls - the Genji Grand Ballroom (1,200 m2/12,917 ft2), the Kokin Jr. Ballroom (730 m2/7,852 ft2) and the Taketori (360 m2/3,875 ft2) - as well as from the lobby and the restaurant area. Currently, Hotel Granvia Kyoto is the only hotel in Japan with such a system.
With this installation, a total of ten 11n access points have been strategically positioned to provide maximum wireless access for up to 120 persons at each point. For instance, the hotel's largest hall, the Genji Grand Ballroom, now has four access points, one in each of the four segments of the room, enabling a simultaneous wireless capability for 480 people when the room is fully expanded. Besides its advanced security features, the technology ensures a much more continuous, seamless user experience with no dropped

connections when moving from one AP to another. At the Annual FIRST (The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) Conference in June this year, the participants will be able to experience the very latest internet environment first-hand.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto also provides high-speed internet access in all its guest rooms in order to create a pleasant communication environment in the private areas as well as the business areas.

More details:
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Kyoto Convention Bureau,
Kyoto Winter Special 2009
JNTO "Kyoto"
Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo opens next to Tokyo Station

On March 2, 2009 Shangri-La Hotel

Tokyo will open on the top 11 floors of a new 37-storey building next to Tokyo Station. This is a prime location for access to Tokyo Station and the business district, of course, but also for the Tokyo International Forum (one of the city's main convention venues), the Imperial Palace, and Ginza, which is just a 10-minute walk away, making it extremely convenient for shopping and dining as well.
The hotel has 202 guest rooms, and on the 27th floor there is a main ballroom (366 m2) with a capacity for 270 guests when seated in theatre style, well as three small- and mid-sized conference and meeting rooms.
In addition to first-class accommodation, the conference facilities inside the hotel itself provide a perfect venue for corporate and incentives meetings too.

More details:
Shangri-La hotel Tokyo
Tokyo International Forum
Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau
JNTO "Tokyo"

Event Calendar

Upcoming major international conferences in Japan during March - June, 2009:
Novel Voyage for Asian Cosmetology
March 2-4
Pacifico Yokohama
Official Site
International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation (ILCOR)
March 17-18
Grand Cube Osaka
Meeting of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine - ISAKOS
April 5-9
Grand Cube Osaka
Official Site
The 3rd Quadrennial Meeting of the World Federation of Neuro-Oncology jointly with The 6th Meeting of the Asian Society for Neuro-Oncology (ASNO)
May 11-14
Pacifico Yokohama
Official Site
17th Asian Pacific Congress of Cardiology
May 20-23
Kyoto International Conference Center
Official Site

JCI Asia Pacific Conference
May 28 - June 1
M-Wave, Nagano
Official Site
International Engineering Meetings 2009 Kyoto
June 15-19
Kyoto International Conference Center
Official Site
2009 IEEE 11th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
June 23-26
Kyoto International Conference Center
Official Site

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