2012 saw number of international conferences in Japan hit 10-year high

JIJI

Japan hosted 2,337 international meetings in 2012, the highest in 10 years, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.

The result represents an increase of 23.5 percent from 2011, when such meetings slumped because of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in March, the organization said Wednesday.

The number of participants in the conferences came to 1,472,069, up 37.6 percent, with Japanese accounting for 1,315,155 of them, up 34.5 percent, and foreigners 156,914, up 70.9 percent.

The statistics cover international meetings with at least 50 representatives from three or more countries, including Japan.

“We expect further strong growth” in international meetings, given that big conference deals have successively been concluded since Tokyo in September won the race to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, a JNTO official said.