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World Ophthalmology Congress 2014 in Tokyo becomes largest international medical conference ever in Japan

14 May 2014 / PRESS RELEASES

The approximately 20, 000 attendees of the World Ophthalmology Congress 2014 (WOC2014) and 29th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO2014) recorded the largest-ever international conference to be held in the capital city — and the biggest medical conference in Japan to date.

Some 9, 000 guests from overseas were given a hearty welcome in Tokyo as they participated in the WOC2014 and the APAO2014 from April 2-6.

The meetings also marked the first time ever for the facilities at the Tokyo International Forum and Imperial Hotel Tokyo to be almost entirely dedicated to this global event.

It was truly a united effort by all concerned as citizens, private business and public authorities all worked together to host the meetings. One of the most noticeable welcoming features was the street-side flags designed exclusively for WOC2014, and sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The city government also developed a choice of 16 courses showcasing Tokyo’s famous sightseeing locations, which included Meiji-Jingu Shrine and the ever popular new landmark, TOKYO SKYTREE®. There were also six organized courses in a program delivering Japanese Cultural Experiences, such as Mochi-Pounding and Japanese Calligraphy — attracting more than 1, 000 overseas guests.
[caption id="attachment_4321" align="alignleft" width="276"]Street-side flags herald the global event Street-side flags herald the global event[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4322" align="alignleft" width="276"]Overseas guest delights in the Mochi-Pounding tradition Overseas guest delights in the Mochi-Pounding tradition[/caption]

- Upcoming major international congresses in 2014 –
DateCongressVenueEstimated Participants
AUGUST 18-24, 2014The 26th International Ornithological CongressRikkyo University1, 300
October 19-24, 2014International Bar Association General MeetingTokyo International Forum5, 000
November 4-15, 20142014 General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)Tokyo International Forum1, 500
November 17-19, 2014The 9th International Conference on Early PsychosisKeio Plaza Hotel Tokyo2, 000
For more information, please contact:
Business Events TeamTokyo Convention & Visitors Bureaue-mail: businessevents@tcvb.or.jpAbout the Business Events Team at the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau The Business Events Team at the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau serves as a one-stop shop to assist meeting and event planners, and organizers to bid for international business events in Tokyo and promotes Tokyo as a destination for such meetings. For more information, please visit download the PDF version from here.