More than 750 Japanese and foreign firms gathered Tuesday in Chiba to display their latest products at one of Asia’s most comprehensive shows for image, communications and information technologies.

Ceatec Japan 2002 features products such as next-generation displays that are thinner than liquid crystal panels.

About 170,000 people are expected to visit the exhibition over its five-day run in the Makuhari Messe convention center, the event’s organizing committee said.

The exhibition’s three sponsors are the Communication and Information Network Association of Japan, the Japan Electronics, Information Technology Industries Association, and the Japan Personal Computer Software Association.

NEC Corp. and other firms will showcase their technology for distributing movies to theaters digitally using high-speed networks.

They have also developed a system in which people can make reservations and receive tickets for movies at convenience stores using cellular phones, the organizers said.

Sanyo Electric Co. and other firms will present televisions using electroluminescent displays thinner than those using liquid crystal panels.

“Through presentations that capture the full potential of broadband in futuristic products and technologies, the show will contribute to market innovation and a leap ahead into tomorrow’s business and lifestyles,” the organizing committee said in a statement.