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2018 Japan Technology & Business Events

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.

2018 JAPAN EVENTS

January 12th-14th – Tokyo Auto Salon 2018

Location: Makuhari Messe

TOKYO AUTO SALON has a wide variety of dedicated exhibitors to showcase and demonstrate their latest technological solutions and products for cars to be tuned-up and dressed-up. Check out the latest fast and furious!

Event Details: http://www.tokyoautosalon.jp/2018/en/

January 29th【Global Startup Lab 15th】Startup Ecosystem Trends Around The World And Overseas IoT Startup Pitches

How have cities in Europe, America, Israel, or the remarkably-growing India, and Southeast Asia, etc. built their startup ecosystems and how do they currently operate? We will explore global startup ecosystem trends from the point of view of startups and corporations. The event will also be a chance to learn about today’s world through pitches by IoT related startups operating overseas.

Event Details: http://x-hub.tokyo/en/event/508

February 15th – 16th – Developers Summit 2018

Location: Meguro Gajoen

Just as the title suggests, the Developers summit 2018 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.

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

March 1st – 4th – Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2018

Location: Pacifico Yokohama and Osanbashi Hall.

With over 50 years of history, back when it was known as the Japan Camera Show, this comprehensive camera and imaging exhibition renowned the world over is the seventh event since relocating to the international city of Yokohama. More and more families and female users, as well as business users, are visiting this event every year. CP+2015 saw about 67,000 visitors and 39 World Premiere models, which were announced to the world for the first time.

Event details: http://www.cpplus.jp/2018/en/

March 7th-9th – Security Days

Location: Marunouchi Kitte Tokyo

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.

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

March 10th – JAWS DAYS 2018

Location: TOC Gotanda Messe

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.

Event details: https://jawsdays2018.jaws-ug.jp/

March 22th – 25th – Anime Japan 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

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

March 28th – 29th Slush Tokyo 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

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

April 4th-6th – Fashion World Tokyo 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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, JapanEvent details: http://www.fashion-tokyo.jp/en/

April 11st – New Economy Summit (NEST)

Location: The Westin Tokyo

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.

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

April 18th – 20th – Techno-frontier 2018

Location: Makuhari Messe

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.

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

April 22nd-23rd – Samurai Island Expo 2018

Location: TENNOZ-ISLE

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

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

April 28th – 29th – NicoNico Super Conference 2018

Location: Makuhari Messe

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.

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

May 9th-11th – Japan IT Week Spring 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

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

May 23th-25th – Society of Automotive Engineers (JSAE) Annual Congress

Location: Pacifico Yokohama

Since its inauguration in 1992, the Automotive Engineering Exposition has been held annually at PACIFICO YOKOHAMA along with the Technical Paper Presentation. With as many as 400 latest technical papers presented each year, the Technical Paper Presentation is the most important event for automotive engineers. And the concurrent Automotive Engineering Exposition, which is visited by many of such engineers, is the only “technology-centered” exhibition in Japan. Visited by both specialists and general people interested in automobile, the Exposition now attracts a total of over 70,000 visitors during its three-day period.

Event details: http://www.jsae.or.jp/expo/index_e.php

May 23th-25th – International Drone Expo 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

Event details: http://www.dronesolution-expo.com/2018/index.html

May 23th – 25th – Wireless Japan 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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 2018 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)

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

May 22nd-23rd – Microsoft Japan de:code

Location: Prince Park Tower Tokyo

Microsoft introducing de:code 2018 will be a place for all IT Engineers, presenting the latest tools and technologies and how they can help become more creative and productive.

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

May 30th – June 1st – AWS Summit Tokyo 2018

Location: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa Shinagawa

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.

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

June 9th – 10th – International Tokyo Toy Show

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

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

June 13rd – 15th – Interop Tokyo

Location: Makuhari Messe

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.

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

June 20th – 22nd – 3D & Virtual Reality Expo IVR

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

Event details: http://www.ivr.jp/en/

July 20th – 21st – Agro-Innovation Japan 2018

Location: Marine Messe Fukuoka

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.

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

July 4th-6th – GIFTEX

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

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

August 2nd-3st – OpenStack Days Tokyo

Location: Belle Salle Nihonbashi

CTO, CIO level, Cloud Business Planners, Cloud Industry Business Users, Cloud Industry Developers, Partners, Data Center/Telecom Industry Business UsersEvent details: http://openstackdays.com/en/

July 18th-20th – Oversea & Inbound Marketing 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight (WEST3)

Nikkei Business Publications holds the Inbound Japan 2018 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.

Event details: http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/gbw/mkg2018/en/

July 25th – 27th – Sportec 2018

Location; Tokyo Big Sight

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.

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

July 11st-13rd – Accounting and Finance Expo

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The Accounting and Finance EXPO will exhibit many products related to financial accounting systems, financial services, accounting agency or even expense reimbursement systems. Event details: http://www.acc-expo.jp/tokyo/

August 4th-5th – Maker Faire Tokyo MFT2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

Event Details: http://makezine.jp/event/mft2018/en/

TBD – Tech in Asia Tokyo Conference

Location: Shibuya Gardens Bellesalle

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.

Event Details: https://www.techinasia.com/events

September 20st-23th – Tokyo Game Show 2018

Location: Makuhari Messe

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.

Event details: http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2018/exhibition/english/

September 25th – 27th – IPSEC 2018

Location: Tokyo Campus, University of Tsukuba

The ISPEC conference is an established forum that brings together researchers and practitioners to provide a confluence of new information security technologies, including their applications and their integration with IT systems in various vertical sectors.

Event details: http://www.risk.tsukuba.ac.jp/ispec2018/

October 16th-19th – CEATEC JAPAN 2018

Location: Makuhari Messe

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.

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

October 3th – 5th – Health Ingredients Japan 2018 & Safety and Technology Japan 2018

Location; Tokyo Big Sight

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.

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

October 4th-5th – Ad:tech Tokyo 2018

Location: Tokyo International Forum

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.

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

October 17th-19th Japan Robot Week 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The Exhibition Specialized in Service Robots and Robot-Related Technologies Japan Robot Week has been held once every two years since 2012, setting its main feature on service robots. This exhibition aims to create the future business opportunity by introducing research, development and manufacturing of robots utilized in various scenes, and robotic system integration.

Event details: http://biz.nikkan.co.jp/eve/s-robot/english/

October 22nd-24th – Fashion World Tokyo 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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

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

October 24th – 26th – Japan IT Week Autumn 2018

Location: Makuhari Messe

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.

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

Octber 29th – November 2nd – Code Blue 2018

Location: Bellesalle Shinjuku Grand

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

Event details: https://codeblue.jp/2018/en/

November 14th-16th – Digital Content Expo 2018

Location: Makuhari Messe

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.

Event details: http://www.dcexpo.jp/

November 14th – 16th – Inter BEE (Broadcast Equipment Exhibition)

Location: Makuhari Messe

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.

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

November 20th – 22nd – Agro-Innovation Japan 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

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

November 30th December 1rd-2nd -Tokyo Comic Con

Location: Makuhari Messe

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.

Event Details: http://tokyocomiccon.jp

December 12th-14th – SEMICON Japan 2018

Location: Tokyo Big Sight

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.

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

February 28th – March 3rd – Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2019

Location: Pacifico Yokohama and more.

With over 50 years of history, back when it was known as the Japan Camera Show, this comprehensive camera and imaging exhibition renowned the world over is the seventh event since relocating to the international city of Yokohama. More and more families and female users, as well as business users, are visiting this event every year. CP+2015 saw about 67,000 visitors and 39 World Premiere models, which were announced to the world for the first time.

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

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

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