Welcome to the March 2021 edition of the Japan Meetings & Events Update for Australia and New Zealand.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Virtual Seminars this month. Participants got updates from Japanese suppliers and had the opportunity to meet with them one-on-one -- and I led an interactive matcha tea whisking demonstration, giving planners a literal taste of Japanese culture.

For those who were unable to attend, a recording of the presentations will be made available soon; keep an eye on our newsletters for this. In the meantime you can still read the supplier profiles online.


Next month we will also have a new brochure available: Japan - Inspiration for Incentive Travel, so stay tuned!


14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Kyoto Congress 2020) took place from 7-12 March 2021.

Chiba to host 2 upcoming international conferences:

* 9th International Discussion Meeting on Relations in Complex Systems (2022)
* Joint Conference of ProMAC and IPMA World Congress 2022 ( *first time for IPMA to be held in Japan)

• In the past few months, the Japanese government has introduced a series of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Check our website to find updated information on the entry bans.

• You can find up-to-date statistics on the number of cases and details on Japan’s policy to prevent and control the epidemic on the Cabinet Secretariat's website (corona.go.jp).

Japan Updates

'Meet Japan' virtual event recap: online fam and business meetings

For the first time since the programme was launched in 1989, JNTO's 'Meet Japan' programme for conference planners was held online this year. This recap highlights the new initiatives taken by JNTO as well as learnings from participants in the programme.

Japan's latest virus prevention technologies trialed by conference ambassadors

In September, 32 of JNTO's 69 Japan Conference Ambassadors gathered at the annual Ambassadors Gathering at Hotel Okura Tokyo to reflect on how to build safer and more impactful events in the future. Learn about their conclusions and recommendations.

Japan's leading airlines receive 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rating from SKYTRAX

ANA and JAL have both received the full 5-Star accolade, a testament to the superior health and safety initiatives implemented by the two airlines. JAL also received the Diamond Certification by APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying.

Experiences in Japan microsite

In 2019 JNTO launched the 100 Experiences in Japan brochure, featuring a curated list of hands-on activities across the country, categorised by 'passion points' such as Tradition, Cuisine and Cities. We are pleased to announce this acclaimed resource has expanded to 369 experiences, which can be browsed on our dedicated microsite. Explore the list now to find a new and exciting experience to add to your next incentive trip to Japan!

Educational and Inspirational Tools

JNTO Sydney YouTube educational tools


We have launched a webinar series with in-depth information on Japan. Whilst the information in this series is somewhat general and targeted at leisure travel advisors, incentive travel planners may also find it useful for increasing destination knowledge. Please note this series does not cover any Covid-specific travel restrictions or measures.

Many of our partners in Japan have begun launching 360-degree interactive VR videos. We have collated some of these from various regions across Japan into a consolidated YouTube playlist to give you a taste of the country as a whole.

Explore Japan for a few minutes with our VR Video!


We still have to wait a little longer to travel to Japan again. But what if, in the meantime, you visited it virtually? Thanks to our VR 360° video, you can immerse yourself in some of Japan’s most iconic spots from your home or office. Click the link, switch to full screen and use your mouse to look around you!

Many local convention bureaus in Japan have a financial support scheme for MICE groups who have selected their city as a destination for their event (subject to certain requirements). 

Some also have a support scheme to subsidise inspections for groups that are still in the process of deciding on a location.

If you have a group which has decided on or is considering Japan as a destination, please let me know and JNTO can enquire with the local convention bureaus on your behalf to see if your group is eligible for any subsidies they may provide. 

JNTO also has limited support available for incentive groups only which meet certain criteria. If you have an incentive group which has decided on or is considering Japan, please let me know and I can give you more information on this.
You are receiving this email as either I or one of my colleagues have met you at a MICE related event or exchanged emails with you in the past. This newsletter will be sent out periodically, featuring news from Japan in the Meetings & Events industry tailored to the Australia and New Zealand markets.


Remember to bookmark www.japanmeetings.org for resources to help you with planning your meeting, incentive or event. These include photos and videos, venue search, supplier search, statistics, model courses, and more!

For agents with leisure clients, please see the Travel Trade section of the local JNTO Sydney website for resources.

If you can't find what you need on the above websites, please contact me directly at sally_miles@jnto.go.jp or by phone at +61 2 9279 3177 and I will be happy to assist however I can.

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