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Japan IT Week Autumn 2015: Visitor and Exhibitor Numbers Hit Record High

Reed Exhibitions Japan held the 6th edition of Japan’s leading B-to-B IT show - Japan IT Week Autumn at the end of last month from October 28-30 at Makuhari Messe , Japan. The latest IT solutions and services for various businesses were showcased.

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The figures of the show hit a record high of 40,422 visitors , 535 exhibitors and 14,092 conference attendees , all exceeding from the previous edition. The visitor number jumped up by more than 27% and the show scale by 23% reflecting active business being conducting on-site.

“There was a great buzzing atmosphere which continued throughout the show!” said Shuhei Shimada, Show Director of Japan IT Week. He added “Together with the spring edition, Japan IT Week Autumn has continued to grow and has definitely built up a great reputation as the must attend shows for IT related professionals to negotiate and share the latest business trends.”

Comprehensive IT show for various businesses

Composed of 8 exhibitions, Japan IT Week Autumn covered various areas of Japan’s IT business - 6th Cloud Computing Expo Japan , 5th Information Security Expo , 5th Web & Digital Marketing Expo , 5th Smartphone & Mobile Expo , 4th Data Center Expo , 4th Big Data Management Expo , 3rd Direct Commerce Solutions Expo and 1st IoT/M2M Expo .

Including major firms such as IBM JAPAN, NTT HOLDINGS, KDDI, SONY MARKETING, NTT COMMUNICATIONS, TWITTER JAPAN, HEWLETT-PACKARD JAPAN, E-BAY, JAPAN POST, YAMATO GLOBAL EXPRESS, etc. a variety of firms were exhibiting across the 8 exhibitions. For the full list of exhibitors view the online database .

This year the buzz words of the show were “MY NUMBER ” and “IoT ”. In response to the demands of the market, a new exhibition for IoT – IoT/M2M Expo was launched and the majority of the exhibits at Information Security Expo and large parts of other exhibitions were solutions and services for the new “MY NUMBER” scheme starting in Japan early next year.

Solutions to protect “MY NUMBER”

Early next year, the new social security and tax system "MY NUMBER" will be starting in Japan. To effectively protect personal information of citizens, sufficient security measures are essential. The government is to spend up to JPY 300 billion on systems related to information processing by 2017 for the MY NUMBER system. Including spending by the public, the market size of MY NUMBER related security business is estimated to sum up to around JPY 1 trillion. Since the introduction of this new system is just around the corner, Information Security Expo grew by 25% in exhibition size reflecting the demands in the Japanese IT market. A new exhibit zone for MY NUMBER cloud solutions were also launched at Cloud Computing Expo Japan .

A Keynote was held at the conference on this topic on the final day of the show. CYBER DEFENSE INSTITUTE discussed the needs to understand the conditions for hackers and CYBER TRUST talked about the opportunities to review current security systems for MY NUMBER.

IoT highlighted throughout the show

With the potential for IoT business expanding in Japan, so has the exhibits at Japan IT Week. At the spring edition of the show, the IoT/M2M Expo held inside the show expanded its size by 3-folds. To provide an additional platform for IT professionals to conduct business in the second half of the year, IoT/M2M EXPO was newly added to the line-up of the autumn show edition from this year.

IoT was also a popular topic among the conference. A Keynote Session was held on the first day by FUJITSU and FANUC. Both discussed the use of IoT in robotic technologies in business. The 3 major providers in Japan SOFTBANK, KDDI and NTT DOCOMO also held a Keynote Session sharing their views and outlook of the growing IoT business.

The next edition already starting to bloom

Japan IT Week Autumn is a sister edition of Japan’s largest B-to-B IT show Japan IT Week Spring held annually in May. Since its launch 6 years ago, it has continued consecutive growth as the platform for IT professionals in Japan to seek solutions and services for various businesses in the second part of the year. The spring edition is coming up next spring and to be held on May 11-13 at Tokyo Big Sight , expecting 1700 exhibitors and 85000 visitors to participate.

The next autumn edition of Japan IT Week is to take place at Makuhari Messe October 26-28. 2016. The majority of the space is selling out already and the total show size is to expand further by 25% to accommodate the growing demands.

For further information, visit the show website or contact Show Management

Contact:

Press inquiries:
Japan IT Week Show Management
Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
Ena Masui, +81-3-3349-8519
jiw-pr-eng@reedexpo.co.jp

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