Osaka stages Japan’s first large-scale exhibition since state of emergency lifted

The 12th Kansai Hotel & Restaurant Show and five other co-locating events took over the entire INTEX Osaka facility, 29 July, as the exhibition industry returns following a national state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 12th Kansai show is running until 31 July at INTEX Osaka, along with five other exhibitions which are involving a total of 460 companies at 830 stands throughout...

Kobe to use robots to combat Covid-19

Kobe, Japan, is turning to robots to help increase the city’s PCR testing capabilities for Covid-19. The initiative, set to go live in October 2020, is a collaboration between Kobe city and medical robot manufacturer Medicaroid. The idea is to reduce the risk of infection for medical personnel while also increasing the city’s current testing capabilities by up to four times. This use o...

Japanese children hold virtual Minecraft school graduation

Coronavirus quarantine did not stop primary school children from Nagano in Japan celebrating their graduation. Their answer? They built a virtual graduation ceremony - on Minecraft!

Olympics could be pushed back as test event called off in Japan

With coronavirus wreaking havoc on some global sporting events, Japan’s Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto (pictured), has not ruled out postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics until later in the year.

Yokohama welcomes ten large conventions in 2020

The Japanese city of Yokohama will host ten large international conventions, each attracting more than 1,000 delegates, in 2020.

Connections confirms details of private luxury event in Tokyo

Connections, an international private community for senior executives in high-end travel, has revealed final details of the programme for its first event in Japan.

Japan’s Okura Hotel expands into Thailand

Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., the group behind the recently re-opened Okura Hotel in Tokyo, is expanding into Thailand.

One Young World announces Tokyo as 2021 host city

Tokyo has been announced as the 2021 host city for One Young World, a forum for future world leaders.

Robots on show as Hiroshima CVB hosts technical tour

The Hiroshima Convention Visitors Bureau (HCVB) recently hosted a technical visit tour, showcasing the city’s unique high-tech experiences to international delegates.