7 Major Japan Tech Events to Look Forward to in 2015

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The scale and the diversity of the Japan tech scene is reflected in some of the major tech events coming up in 2015. While CEATEC and Tokyo Game Show are well established, there are plenty of newer events matching the rapid evolution of the industry.

1. Robotech

April 22nd to 24th, Pacifico, Yokohama

If you didn’t know already, Japan loves robots. The focus of this particular expo is on service robots – robots to take on tasks such as catering to the needs of Japan’s aging population.

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2. Transport System Expo 2015

May 27th to 29th, Tokyo Big Sight

Connected cars, integrated transport networks, automated accident prevention and associated technologies is an exploding field around the world. While Google steals the headlines with their self driving cars, the Japanese makers aren’t being left behind.

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3. Startup Asia Tokyo 2015

September 2015, Venue TBD

Organized by tech web site techinasia.com, this is an event aimed at the burgeoning Tokyo tech start-up scene. The first edition of this event in 2014 was a big hit so this year is likely to see a scale up in size.

4. Wearable Tech Expo 2015

September 7th to 8th, Tokyo Fashion Town Building, Tokyo

Backed by Japanese newspaper giant the Asahi Shinbun, organizers claim that this year’s expo will be double the size of last year’s event. With new smart watches recently released by Sony, there will be a lot of interest to see what’s coming next.

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5. Tokyo Game Show

September 17th to 20th, Makuhari Messe, Chiba

This is Japan’s biggest gaming extravaganza with thousands of journalists and industry people attending the first two days (which are closed to the public) and around 200,000 game maniacs attending the public days. The biggest stands are usually taken by the console makers – Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Following that are the big Japanese game publishers like Capcom along with the hugely lucrative mobile games platform companies – such as Gree and DeNA.

6. CEATEC

October 6th to the 10th, Makuhari Messe, Chiba

Pronounced “C-Tech”, CEATEC stands for the “Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies” and is the Japanese equivalent of the Consumer Electronics Show in the U.S. or CeBIT in Europe. The show attracts approximately 200,000 visitors and features the major Japanese electronics makers as well as a large contingent of international exhibitors.

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7. International Robot Expo

December 2nd to 5th, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

Held every two years, this is the biggest robot related show in Japan. Unlike Robotech, this event takes in all aspects of robotics – from service robots through to factory robots.

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