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2017 Essential Tech & Business Events in Japan

Another year full of opportunities to meet or find new business partners, distributors, resellers, or customers in Japan. Where will you be?

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Tokyo has a myriad of events with many of the countries top businesses in attendance as well as many guests coming from all over the world to check out the latest and greatest Japan has to offer. This list will focus primarily on technology, startups, as well as large business events and exhibitions based in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Many of these are my personal yearly must-go events and I always return with valuable information and new business contacts.  If you are involved in tech or startups and drool when somebody mentions something like drones, IoT, or virtual reality, this list will keep your sensors loaded with great data throughout the year.

2017 Japan Events

January

January 17th – NicoNico Live Video Conference

Location: Nicofarre Roppongi

Event Details: https://secure.nicovideo.jp/form/entry/chokaigi201701

With 40 million registered members, 2015 saw a total of 150,000 attendees with nearly 8 million internet viewers. Everything is on display here from 3D, VR, entertainment, music, sports, politics, science, technology, Anime, Games, as well as special events for online viewers and participation by attending guests.

 January 31st – Feburary 1st – Fukuoka International Startup Hub (FISH)

Location: Fukuoka International Congress Center

Event Details: http://www.f2ff.jp/fish/

FiSH is produced by the Interop Tokyo show management team, one of the leading IT events organizers in Japan. In Feb 2017, people from the global major companies and innovative startups will come to Fukuoka to share their vision, stories and innovation at FiSH. This will be the face to face market place where enterprises, startups, media, university Students and investors get together and accelerate connecting technology to business.

TBA – WebRTC Conference Japan

Location: Sola City Ochanomizu

Event Details: http://webrtcconference.jp

WebRTC is a conference focused on the WebRTC technology which integrates voice and data for real-time communication. This years conference will be focused on two keywords “2020” and “IoT”. Speakers from Google and more.

February

February 14th – 15th – eCommerce Expo 2017 Tokyo

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.ecommerceexpo-japan.com/en/

eCommerce Expo Tokyo is the first trade exhibition focused on eCommerce solutions in Japan. The show attracts key players and covers areas such as commerce Payments, Delivery & Logistics, Marketing, Customer Service & Customer Retention, Digital & Mobile Marketing, mCommerce, and Omni-channel strategies.

February 16th – 17th – Developers Summit 2017

Location: Meguro Gajoen

Event details: http://event.shoeisha.jp/devsumi/

Just as the title suggests, the Developers summit 2016 will be for developers and software engineers in Japan to learn about the latest technologies in the industry. Japan has a increasing problem with labor shortage for skilled software engineers and this years sessions is titled “Hack the Real”. Many well known sponsors such as Yahoo Japan, Microsoft, Oracle, Cybozu, Atlasssian, Autodesk, VMware,Sony, Salesforce, DeNA, DMM.com, Nifty, Fujitsu, Github, Amazon AWS, Symantec, Box, Recruit, and the list goes on and on.

February 23th – 26th – Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2017

Location: Pacifico Yokohama / BankART Studio NYK

Event details: http://www.cpplus.jp/en/

March

March 8th-10th – Security Days

Location: Marunouchi Kitte Tokyo

Event details: http://www.f2ff.jp/secd/

Security days is focused on delivering the latest information on security software and hardware in Japan. Speakers from around the globe attend to share their insight on the latest and greatest. Events are held all around across Japan.

March 11th – JAWS DAYS 2017

Location: TOC Gotanda Messe

Event details: http://jawsdays2017.jaws-ug.jp/

The future of the cloud can be seen at this yearly AWS users event. This year’s JAWS DAYS will focus on technologies such as server-less architecture and mobile · IoT services, the AWS is now an indispensable part to the future of innovation, from the beginner to the core user.Users will be attending this event from all over Japan.

March 23th – 26th – Anime Japan 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: https://www.anime-japan.jp/en/

Everything you need and more for Anime. AnimeJapan offers not only entertainment for you, but also opportunities for you to connect and engage with what’s happening right now in the world of anime.

March 29th – 30th Slush Tokyo 2017

Location: TBA

Event details: http://tokyo.slush.org/

On March 29-30th, Slush Asia brings together people with big dreams and determination from all over the world. Originally from Finland, Slush has grown to become one of the world’s largest startup events and has made a second home in Asia. The goal of the event is to build a startup ecosystem that supports future leaders across the globe and to ignite an entrepreneurial spirit in Asian youth through talks by experienced entrepreneurs and the game changers.

April

April 5th-7th – Fashion World Tokyo 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.fashion-tokyo.jp/en/

FASHION WORLD TOKYO is the largest trade show for the fashion industry in Japan, gathering all kinds of fashion wear, bags, shoes, fashion accessories, fashion jewelry, men’s fashion, textile and OEM/ODM products from around the world. With 700* exhibitors from 30* countries/regions & 25,000* visitors, the exhibition provides abundant trading opportunities and good potential for business activities. The show is the best platform to enter one of the largest markets, Japan

April 6th – 7th – New Economy Summit (NEST)

Location: Hotel New Otani Tokyo

Event details: http://nest.jane.or.jp/en/

The New Economy Summit is a global conference organized by the Japan Association of New Economy. Since it was first held in 2013, the annual summit has brought together global entrepreneurs and innovators at the forefront of the new economy and industry to discuss and anticipate future trends.

April 19th – 21nd – Techno-frontier 2017

Location: Makuhari Messe

Event details: http://www.jma.or.jp/TF/en/index.html

Our visitors know that the latest technologies & products in Electronics and Mechatronics gather here. Exhibitions such as MOTORTECH JAPAN, POWER SYSTEM JAPAN, EMC JAPAN,THERMAL ENGINEERING, ENERGY HARVESTING are known here as “the one and only,” “can’t miss” exhibitions in Japan. Since 2014, frameworks of “Mechatronics Total Solution” and “Electronics Total Solution”,”Control Engineering・Design Support Solution” have been introduced to further promote cross-interaction among each topic.

April 22th-23th – Samurai Island Expo 2017

Location: TENNOZ-ISLE

Event details: http://samurai-island-expo.com/

This event is sponsored by Samurai Incubate which is a Japan based incubator with also a location in Israel called Samurai House Israel. Everything from BrainTech, BioTech, SpaceTech, CyberTech, AgriTech, RoboTech, HealthTech, NanoTech, GreenTech, MedTech, AutoTech, AI, FinTech, VR.

TBA -April 29th – 30th – NicoNico Super Conference 2017

Location: Makuhari Messe

Event details: http://www.chokaigi.jp/

With 40 million registered members, 2015 saw a total of 150,000 attendees with nearly 8 million internet viewers. Everything is on display here from entertainment, music, sports, politics, science, technology, Anime, Games, as well as special events for online viewers and participation by attending guests.

May

May 10th-12th – Japan IT Week Spring 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.japan-it.jp/en/

Japan IT Week is truly Japan’s largest trade show where you can find the latest IT technologies/solutions. A great number of information systems managers, management executives, sales managers, system integrators and managers from IT system divisions will visit Japan IT Week to conduct business face to face with exhibitors. Japan IT Week is the absolute meeting point for both IT solution providers and IT system managers. Also part of Big Data Expo, Connected Media, and Digital Signage Japan Events.

May 24th-26nd – International Drone Expo 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.dronesolution-expo.com/2017/index.html

This is one of the largest trade shows that focus entirely on anything robotics and drones. Event attendance is expected to reach up to 46,000 people with 300 solution providers on display.

May 24th – 26th – Wireless Japan 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www8.ric.co.jp/expo/wj/

This is one of the largest trade shows that focus on mobile and wireless technologies as well as the research and development of wireless communications. There are also joint events such as the Transport system expo, Wireless Technology Park , and the International Drone Expo. Keywords for 2016 are 5G (5th Generation Mobile Communication, Wireless application for disaster prevention/Reduction, IoT & M2M, Positioning, Wireless Technology for robots & Drones, Regional ICT, Wireless power transfer, and ITS (Connected car, Automatic safe driving)

May 17th – Microsoft Japan de:code

Location: Prince Park Tower Tokyo

Event details: http://microsoft-events.jp/

Microsoft introducing de:code 2016 will be a place for all IT Engineers, presenting the latest tools and technologies and how they can help become more creative and productive.

TBA – AWS Summit Tokyo 2017

Location: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa Shinagawa

Event details: http://www.awssummit.tokyo/index.html

Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at an AWS Summit. These events, held around the world, are designed to educate new customers about the AWS platform and offer existing customers deep technical content to be more successful with AWS.

June

June 1st – 4th – International Tokyo Toy Show

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.toys.or.jp/toyshow/

To provide a venue for announcing new products to markets inside and outside of Japan and for conducting business negotiations for the Christmas and the year-end sales season, thereby activating distribution and expanding sales channels. “The Open to the Public Event” will be held to encourage the public to reconfirm the pleasure of toys through hands-on play.

June 7th – 9th – Interop Tokyo

Location: Makuhari Messe

Event details: https://www.interop.jp/

Since 1994, Interop Tokyo is the event where you can experience the latest ICT technologies and solutions. Meet with companies on display for SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, Cloud, Virtualization, Security, Server, Storage, Networking, and more. The even helps to bring together engineers and business leaders from around the world involved in ICT.

June 21st – 23th – 3D & Virtual Reality Expo IVR

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.ivr.jp/en/

3D & Virtual Reality Expo (IVR) is Japan’s largest exhibition where you can experience all kinds of cutting-edge 3D technology and super high definition image technology. IVR attracts a significant number of users from manufacturing industries, amusement industries, broadcasting stations, image producing companies, content production companies, telecommunication companies, public offices, universities and research centers, who are looking to buy solutions for their businesses.

July

July 5th – 6th – Agro-Innovation Japan 2017

Location: Marine Messe Fukuoka

Event details: http://www.jma.or.jp/ai/

Agro-Innovation is the Professional Exhibition showcasing front-line technologies and products that influence the whole value chain of Agricultural Business in Japan – covers all segments of agricultural production, processing, logisitics and retailing.

July 5th-7th – GIFTEX

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.giftex.jp/en/

GIFTEX is Japan’s leading trade fair for all kinds of gift items, and consists of 7 specialised shows for general gift items, cutting-edge design products, tableware, kitchenware, fashion accessories, health & beauty products and babies & kids’ items. A great variety of major importers & wholesalers, mass-retailers and buyers across the globe converge on the show to place orders on-site and meet business partners.

July 20th-21st – OpenStack Days Tokyo

Location: Toranomon Hills Forum

Event details: http://openstackdays.com/en/

CTO, CIO level, Cloud Business Planners, Cloud Industry Business Users, Cloud Industry Developers, Partners, Data Center/Telecom Industry Business Users

July 19th-21st – INBOUND JAPAN 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight (WEST3)

Event details: http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/ibj/en/

Nikkei Business Publications holds the Inbound Japan 2016 to meet on the new infrastructure requirements of massive foreign visitors. Simultaneously using its advantage for the multifaceted expansion of its media and events, Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. will hold the BtoB exhibitions for inbound market expansion.

July 25th – 27th – Sportec 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: https://www.sports-st.com/en/outline/

Sportec is the largest exhibition of Sports & Fitness Industry in Japan. You will find specialized exhibition of equipment, machine, and services for prevention care, elderly rehabilitation and care service industry as well as trade show of functional Food and Natural Food for Healthy Life.

July 26th-28th – Accounting and Finance Expo

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.acc-expo.jp/tokyo/ 

The Accounting and Finance EXPO will exhibit many products related to financial accounting systems, financial services, accounting agency or even expense reimbursement systems.

August

August 5th-6th – Maker Faire Tokyo MFT2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event Details: https://fabcross.jp

Brought to you by O’Reilly Japan, Inc., publishers of MAKE: magazine in Japan, Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers.

TBD – Tech in Asia Tokyo Conference

Location: Shibuya Gardens Bellesalle

Event Details: http://events.techinasia.com/tokyo/

Tech in Asia ’s signature 2‐day conferences are held annually in Singapore, Bangalore, Tokyo, and Jakarta. They are among Asia’s largest conferences organized for the region’s tech ecosystem. Their conferences bring together entrepreneurs, investors, medias, corporations, developers and students to learn about the startup community.

TBA – September – Engineer Support Cross 2017

Location: Osanbashi Hall

Event details: http://www.cross-party.com/

Cross Party is considered to be a Japan “study session” for web engineers. There will be many informative sessions about IaaS, IoT, Cloud, Big Data, FinTech, AWS, Azure, and much much more.

September

September 21st-24th – Tokyo Game Show 2017

Location: Makuhari Messe

Event details: http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/

The Tokyo Game show will showcase the unreleased titles for the latest gaming platforms, as well as the updates regarding computer entertainment for all kinds of platforms in every category such as smartphone, PC and VR (Virtual Reality) device, in its biggest scale ever.

October

October – Digital Content Expo 2017

Location: TBD

Event details: https://www.dcexpo.jp/en/

Digital Content Expo (DC EXPO) is an international event focused on digital content technology, showing the future image of the digital content industry in five to 10 years from now and utilized as place to exchange the latest information by researchers, creators and companies active in the industry.

October 3rd-6th – CEATEC JAPAN 2017

Location: Makuhari Messe

Event details: http://www.ceatec.com/ja/application/

As the largest disseminator of information on IT and electronics in Asia, CEATEC JAPAN provides the world with information on their latest achievements and trends and globally promotes technical excellence in thesefields.

October 4th – 6th – Health Ingredients Japan 2017 & Safety and Technology Japan 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.hijapan.info/eng/index.php

Heath Ingredients Japan has been the leading industry trade show that consistently delivers a worldwide audience of functional ingredients professionals for the past 26 years. The show has continually evolved and adapted in innovative ways to ensure it reflects the dynamics of this ever-changing global industry. Co-located alongside Hi Japan is the S-tec Japan exhibition. S-tec Japan is the ONLY exhibition for food safety and quality control in Japan. These parallel events provide a one-step source of information on food safety and health functions, and attract all of the professionals from the food industry to one location.

October 18th-19th – Ad:tech Tokyo 2017

Location: Tokyo International Forum

Event details: http://www.adtech-tokyo.com/ja/

Discover, Learn, and Engage at a Global Digital Marketing Exhibition & Conference. Ad:tech tokyo helps to cultivate and foster highly disciplined global marketers to market Japan and its culture to world-wide audiences.

TBA – October – Code Blue 2017

Location: Bellesalle Shinjuku Grand

Event details: http://www.codeblue.jp

World leading security researchers will come together for this unique international conference in Tokyo. Sessions include cyber espionage, ransomare, malware, attacks , and analysis. There is also a networking and hacker contest.

October 27th – November 5th – Tokyo Motor Show 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/

The Tokyo Motor Show aims to become the top technology motor show in the world, building upon more than 60 years of history since its first show in 1954.

November

TBA November – VMware vForum 2017

Location: Prince Park Tokyo Hotel

Event details: https://vforum.jp

VMware hosts its own private show to provide the latest information on virtualization and software defined data center technologies. Companies need to innovate their business processes and select new challenges in order to cope with the growing risk while grabbing growth opportunities. In the technology world, we are moving to an era where cloud and mobile are driving new business processes. And IT departments are required to lead business by choosing IT infrastructure with overwhelming flexibility, agility and security.

November 8th – 10th – Big Data Expo 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/bigdata

If there are solutions designed to maximize the merits of big data utilization, business needs them. Big Data Expo 2017 wants to provide attendees to Big Data EXPO 2017 with the answers to their questions, and hints for new directions of growth.

November 8th – 10th – Japan IT Week Autumn 2017

Location: Makuhari Messe

Event details: http://www.japan-it.jp/en/aki/

As the largest disseminator of information on IT and electronics in Asia, CEATEC apan IT Week is truly leading trade show where you can find any kinds of latest IT technologies/solutions. A great number of information systems manager, management executives, sales managers, system integrators and managers from division where use various IT systems will visit Japan IT Week to conduct business face to face with exhibitors. Japan IT Week is absolutely meeting point for both IT solution providers and IT system managers.

November – Mashup Awards (Awards Ceremony)

Location: TBD

Event Details: http://mashupaward.jp

Since 2006 the “Mashup Awards has been hosing a technology contest in which many developers come to propose the future of the Web and the Internet. Mashup Awards are a variety of techniques, WebAPI, hardware, and essentially “mix it up”. Definitely an event for the engineers and techies to join and meet other like minded individuals in an engineering-like atmosphere.

November 15th – 17th – Inter BEE (Broadcast Equipment Exhibition)

Location: Makuhari Messe

Event details: http://www.inter-bee.com/

A showcase for the world’s most advanced technologies, Inter BEE continues to respond to the needs of professionals in the field. By incorporating both Japanese and international markets, the exhibition has become a steady channel of industry information to its target audience. For exhibitors and visitors alike, Inter BEE continues to be a forum for effective exchange of meaningful information and the creation of business opportunities.

TBA November – TechCrunch Tokyo 2016

Location: Hikarie Hall

Event Details: http://jp.techcrunch.com/events/

TechCrunch Tokyo is an annual event where you can meet startups, entrepreneurs, investors, as well as many key individuals from around the world. The event also hosts a “Startup Battle” where 10 – 15 teams will take stage to pitch their startup to the world.

December

December 3rd-4th -Tokyo Comic Con

Location: Makuhari Messe

Event Details: http://tokyocomiccon.jp

Tokyo Comic Con will celebrate all that is pop culture with international celebrity appearances with stars from hit movies, TV shows and more. Be there for autograph signings, photo-ops, Q&A sessions, dealers with collectible merchandise, comic artists & creators, panels on a variety of topics, gaming, technology and sensational Japanese content.

November 29th- December 2nd –International Robot Exhibition 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://biz.nikkan.co.jp/eve/irex/

‘Japan Robot Week 2017’, which is held on alternate year with ‘International Robot Exhibition (iREX)’ is especially focusing on service robots and related technologies/components all together.

December 13th-15th – SEMICON Japan 2017

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Event details: http://www.semiconjapan.org/en/

First held in 1977, SEMICON Japan has grown to become one of the largest international exhibition of semiconductor equipment and materials. Bringing companies and their technologies together with customers and partners, as well as providing a setting for technical seminars and meetings, SEMICON Japan actively supports the growth of the global semiconductor industry.

Looking for funding in Japan?

If you’re a startup or business in Japan looking for some extra financial oomph to help grow your business, check out my other post for the available subsidies and grants in Japan.

New subsidies and grants will likely begin to pop up on the sites around March & April. #StartupJapan

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