Japan Events Preview for March, 2015

Cherry blossoms in Fukuoka | Pic by Peter Enyeart used under Creative Commons.

Although March heralds the start of Spring, it also brings an end to the financial year. Few countries observe the financial year quite as keenly as Japan – school students, university students and new companies company recruits are all gearing up for a start on April 2nd (the first is a Sunday). With that in mind, Japanese businesses are looking forward to the year ahead, so March is a great time to be active at trade shows.

Beautyworld Japan Fukuoka 2015, March 2nd – 3rd

Fukuoka is one of the most progressive cities in Japan and the closest major city to continental Asia. Beautyworld Japan Fukuoka takes place at the Fukuoka Convention Center on Monday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd.

This trade show is aimed at businesses such as aesthetic salons, nail salons, hairdressers, spas and hotels. Entry to the show is JPY 3,000 but it’s free of charge with online pre-registration.

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Foodex 2015, March 3rd – 6th

Attendance: 75,766 (including 8,010 foreign visitors)

Foodex is Japan’s big daddy of international food trade shows with a large number of foreign exhibitors among the 2,808 total exhibitors. Held at the large but distant (from Tokyo) Makuhari Messe, the show covers everything that can be digested. Admission is to trade only, but it’s a famous event with Japanese house wives who somehow manage to get in to clean out all the booths on the last day of the trade show. Last year’s event saw 75,766 attendants of whom 8,010 were from outside Japan.

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Tokyo Health Industry Show 2015, March 11th – 13th

Held at Tokyo Big Sight, the Tokyo Health Industry Show is an umbrella event for a number of other events. Under the umbrella are the Health Food and Supplements Show, the Health Check and Care Show, the Beauty and Anti-aging Show, the Fitness and Sports Show and the Organic and Natural Products Show.

Admission for the event is 3,000yen or free if you pre-reigister online.

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Caretex, March 18th – 20th

Old age and invalid care and nursing are already big business in Japan. With Japan’s famously ageing population, the needs of this group are only going to increase over the coming years. Held at Tokyo Big Sight, this will be the very first ‘Caretex’ showcasing nursing care products for nursing homes.

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