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ISM Japan shifts inaugural edition to 2023

ISM announced its Asian debut in Tokyo, Japan is postponed April 2023. The trade fair was originally scheduled to take place in April this year but is now rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The organizers said ISM Japan was receiving “overwhelming interest and excitement from the industry” since the new event was announced. However, plans were changed as COVID-19 variant Omicron brought new safety measures to Japan, including the closing of the borders – a measure in force since November 2021. Such travel restrictions would make it impossible for ISM Japan’s international stakeholders (visitors, exhibitors, and partners) to attend the trade fair.

The organizers decided, consequently, to shift ISM Japan’s inaugural edition to April 2023, when it will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. “As much as we would have loved to bring the event to life this April, we felt it was important to give the participants the full experience befitting for an inaugural event. Moreover, the ease of participation for our international exhibitors are paramount to make it a successful event,” explained Mr. Makoto Takagi, managing director of Koelnmesse Co., Ltd.

With Germany’s ISM Cologne showing a promising restart to trade event, organizers are looking forward to hosting similar networking in Japan next year.

The new show date of ISM Japan is from April 12-14, 2023.