Japan Business Events Preview for February 2015

The shortest month of the year still provides lots of opportunities for networking and growing your business through attending trade shows, seminars or meet-ups. Here are our picks for the most interesting events in February.

The 79th Tokyo International Gift Show, Spring 2015

Date: Wednesday, February 4th to Sunday, February 8th

This twice yearly event is much broader and bigger than the name may suggest. If you’re thinking soap, photo frames and chocolate then you’d be mistaken. In fact the name of the show should be “International Consumer Retail Show” as there’s virtually no product category that isn’t included. Under the International Gift Show umbrella, there are 15 sub-events covering everything from beauty and cosmetics through to home furnishings and electronics. The show is popular with international exhibitors and incorporates both industry days and public days.
The venue is the spaceship-like Tokyo Big Sight, connected to Kokusaitenjijoseimon Station on the Yurikamome Line.

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49th Supermarket Trade Show 2015

Date: Tuesday, February 10th to Thursday, February 12th

Targetted at supermarket operators and buyers, this trade show isn’t just about food. The show covers every facet of running a supermarket – from shelves to point of sale scanners.
The event is closed to the general public but is open to trade. Admission to the event is JPY5,000.

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World Smart Energy Week

Date: Wednesday, February 25th to Thursday, February 27th

Also at Tokyo Big Sight towards the end of the month is another umbrella event. Under the wide brim of World Smart Energy Week is a plethora of cutting edge energy related technology events. To be specific, you can choose between one or more of the 6th International Rechargeable Battery Expo, the 3rd International Wind Energy Expo & Conference, the 5th International Smart Grid Expo, the 5th Eco House & Eco Building Expo, the 8th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Expo and the 11th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo.

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The Tokyo Business Meetup

Date: Thursday, February 26th

Held on the 4th Thursday of each month, the Tokyo Business Meetup happens on the 5th floor of an office building near Ikejiri-Ohashi Station. The meet-up features presentations in English from both local and expat business people as well as the chance to network with other business people. The participation fee is 2,000yen and you can register for attendance on their meetup.com page.

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