Welcome to the September 2020 edition of the Japan Meetings & Events Update for Australia and New Zealand.

• 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).

• Domestically, Japan completely lifted its state of emergency on 25th May, as it reached its target of 0.5 daily cases of infection per 100,000 people. Nevertheless, the authorities remain cautious and call for vigilance.

Japan Updates

The future of business events during Covid-19

BBC StoryWorks spoke with four leaders in the meetings and events industry, on behalf of JNTO, to discuss the state of the industry as well as what the future holds. 

How is Japan's business event industry adapting to Covid-19?

This BBC StoryWorks article, also presented by JNTO, outlines many of the measures and policies being implemented by suppliers across Japan, from airlines to properties, as well as DMCs, and JNTO's own initiatives.

ANA Care Promise

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has released a video message from their CEO, Yuji Hirako, about how they are working to ensure the safety of their passengers, now and going forward.

Hotel and Venue Updates

Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo to open 02 October

InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG) will debut its luxury boutique brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants® this October with Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo. The new property will unveil 151 design-led guest rooms, three meeting and event spaces, a health and fitness centre, and a chapel on level 16 doubling as an immersive art gallery for exclusive exhibits.

Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay updates

Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay opens the refurbished Kegon Ballroom for MICE events, and offers virtual meeting technologies in its venues for hybrid events. An app that allows event planners see a preview of the room layouts according to their desired number of tables/attendees is also on its way.

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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