Japan Business Events Preview for Summer 2015

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Summer can be incredibly hot and uncomfortable in Japan, but that doesn’t stop thousands upon thousands of people attending large scale business events.

Here is our preview of some of the best and biggest events coming up in June/July/August at venues throughout Japan.


AWS Summit Tokyo 2015

AWS Summit is Amazon Japan’s major developer focused event with more than 80 sessions and keynote speeches on all aspects of its Amazon’s cloud based Web Services. Pre-register to get in for free.

Date: June 2nd and 3rd.
Venue: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo

AWS Summit event page

Infinity Ventures Summit 2015 Spring Miyazaki

This is an invitation only event, but Infinity Ventures is one of the most influential VC firms in Japan so this is a notable event.

Dates: June 20th – 12th
Venue: Miyazaki City, Miyazaki

Infinity Ventures Summit event page

Startup Grind – Emi Takemura Miller (Peatix Inc. Co-founder)

Emi Takemura is co-founder of event ticketing platform Peatix as well as being a mother. She’ll talk about her experiences and being part of a successful startup.

Date: June 17th
Venue: TIP*S, Tokyo

Startup Grind event page

Cloud Days Nagoya and Fukuoka

The Cloud Days roadshow hits both Nagoya and Fukuoka during July. The event is a major IT expo with a large number of cloud infrastructure and service providers in attendance.

Dates: June 17th and 18th, June 24th and 25th
Venues: WINC Aichi (Nagoya) Fukuoka Convention Center

Nagoya event page
Fukuoka event page


TEDxTokyo 2015

TED stands for “Technology Entertainment and Design”. The famous event happens in Vancouver each year, is invitation only and costs a small fortune to attend. TEDx events are on a smaller scale and happen around the world. Tokyo’s event too is invitation only, but you won’t ned to remortgage your house to attend.

Date: Fri, Jul 3rd, 2015
Venue: Hikarie Shibuya, Tokyo

TEDxTokyo event page

22nd Tokyo International Book Fair

The idea of an international book fair in Japan is actually a little strange – since 99.9% of the books on sale at bookshops are in Japanese. We’re not really sure how international it will be, but it will b very big.

Dates: Jul 1st – 4th, 2015
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight

Book Fair event page

Ad:Tech Tokyo International

This is a rare beast in Tokyo – a major digital marketing conference all in English. In an effort to internationalize the digital marketing scene in Japan, organisers have launched an “international” version of the Tokyo event. The regular Ad:tech happens in December.
Dates: Jul 15th – 16th, 2015
Venue: Tokyo Midtown

Ad:Tech Tokyo International even page

Digital Marketing Week 2015

Speakers from a range of big Japanese brands talking about their digital marketing strategies

Dates: Jul 21st – 23rd, 2015
Venue: Roppongi Hills Academy Hills

Digital Marketing Week event page

Meteorological and Environmental Technology Expo Japan

Meto-Tech Expo Japan (as it is also known) brings together suppliers of equipment for the measuring and forecasting of weather. Given the importance in predicting and mitigating against extreme weather, there will be a lot of interest in this expo.

Dates: Jul 22nd – 24th, 2015
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight

Meteorological and Environmental Technology Expo event page

Sportec 2015

Japan’s largest sports and fitness expo. In attendance will be sports and fitness equipment manufacturers and buyers as well as various movers and shakers in the health and wellness industry.

Dates: Jul 28th – 30th, 2015
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight

Sportec 2015 event page


Maker Faire Tokyo

Organized in Japan by tech publisher O’Reilly, the event is described as a “family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement”. Tickets need to be purchased from within Japan.

Dates: Aug 1st – 2nd, 2015
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight

Maker Fair Tokyo event page

CEDEC 2015 – Computer Entertainment Developers Conference

CEDEC is a conference for developers and experts of computer entertainment to share skills and to network.

Dates: Aug 26th – 28th, 2015
Venue: Pacifico Yokohama, Kanagawa

CEDEC 2015 Event Page

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