Osaka holds Japan’s first major exhibition after lifting of state of emergency

Japan’s first major B2B trade fair since the national state of emergency was lifted has opened in Osaka.

The Kansai Hotel & Restaurant Show will run until July 31 along with five other exhibitions, with a total of 460 companies at 830 booths are utilising the entire complex at INTEX Osaka.

“By firstly holding Japan’s first major exhibition amid the coronavirus pandemic, we want to send a big, encouraging shout to those concerned about exhibitions and international meetings held across Japan,” said Hiroshi Mizohata, president of the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau.

In line with guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, additional operational measures were enacted including capacity limits using a web pre-registration system for attendees to control the date and time of attendance, and implementing attendance counts at the entrances and exits; temperature checks on all attendees at the entrance; and a COVID-19 Tracing System

The venue also placed social distancing markers (of 1 meter) within the venue as well as in adjoining facilities and changed the venue layout to ensure aisleways of at least 3 meters in width. Seats were placed at least one meter apart in front and behind each other, and the layout of seminar rooms was changed to avoid closed spaces. Clear panels were also installed at speaker podiums.

A quarantine space and stationing nurses were also available.