Hosting your MICE event in Japan will give your organization a chance to benefit from the local dynamism and creativity,
propelling your assets into the future thanks to the new insights and ideas you will gain here.
The shape of MICE events to come is already here, in Japan
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.
Japan has a great deal of experience in hosting international association conferences and meetings. 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.
Japan is known for its high standards when it comes to hospitality. Traditional Japanese hospitality is deeply rooted in a culture of courtesy and consideration of others, especially towards visitors. Hospitality remains a key part of Japanese culture today and certainly applies to the meetings and events industry. We consistently get fantastic feedback from conference organizers and delegates on the high quality of service they receive during their time in Japan. In fact, satisfaction surveys of visitors to Japan show that 91% of respondents are either "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their trip, and a massive 93% want to visit again (2012 JTA Consumption Trend Survey for Foreigners Visiting Japan).
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.
Japan stretches a considerable distance from north to south, all the way from a sub-frigid zone in the north of Hokkaido to the subtropical zone in southern Okinawa. With this huge geographic variety comes a great diversity of destinations and activities available to visitors, including meeting and incentive participants. Japan's various cities and regions offer everything from snowy mountainside ski resorts to coral reef-ringed islands, with large metropolitan areas and charming rural villages. Throughout the country, there are dozens of government-appointed"International Convention Cities", all of which have meeting facilities, hotels, research centers, universities and so on to be utilized for international meetings. On top of all of these, up and down the country, Japan offers "only in Japan" venues that give/add that additional local flair to events.