CEATEC JAPAN 2004: Ushering in the Ubiquitous Society
CEATEC JAPAN 2004 was officially launched at a press conference held in Tokyo, attended by some 130 members of the press. Shigeru Ikeda, president of the Communications and Information network Association of Japan (CIAJ), opened the conference with a greeting on behalf of the three sponsoring organizations. Jiro Iriye, director of the CEATEC JAPAN Management Office, then provided an overview of this year’s exhibition, which is rapidly becoming a major international event. CEATEC JAPAN 2004 will be held in the 5-day period from October 5 to October 9. The theme of this year’s event is “Ubiquitous Society–Digitally Enriched, Accelerating to the Next Stage.”
CEATEC JAPAN 2004 will feature displays of digital products and network-related technologies and services, key factors that drive global markets, as well as high-level CEATEC JAPAN Conference programs. In this way, the event promises to further distinguish itself as a “forum for the announcement of new technologies and products.”
At the press conference, CEATEC JAPAN announced its communications alliance with International CES, a leading consumer electronics show in the United States. The alliance is part of CEATEC JAPAN’s efforts to improve its global information diffusion capabilities. We are also reinforcing the communications alliance we formed in 2003 with the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, Germany, as well as mutual cooperation with electronics-related exhibitions in Asia. Further partnership initiatives are being actively pursued with other IT exhibitions in the Wes to raise awareness of the CEATEC JAPAN brand on the global stage. All of these initiatives were covered at the press conference.
Special Exhibition with Top-Level Keynote Speeches and Multifaceted Conferences
The CEATEC JAPAN Conference, a prominent part of the exhibition, will once again feature Keynote Speeches by top corporate executives and opinion leaders from throughout the industry. This year’s program, running from October 5 to 8, will include speeches from Kunio Nakamura, President of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., and Kunitake Ando, President and Global Hub President of Sony Corporation. A total of 22 keynote speeches have been scheduled.
Another feature of CEATEC JAPAN 2004 will be the 3rd Japan–U.S. Broadband Forum, sponsored jointly by industry associations in Japan and the United States. This event was held for the first time in January 2004 at International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, and for the second time in June at SUPERCOMM in Chicago, Illinois. The Forum will include a speech by Katsuji Ebisawa, President of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), and a panel discussion.
Other highlights this year are approximately 160 programs focusing on various areas of the IT and electronics industries. Trend Sessions will introduce the latest industry topics, while Special Sessions will cover a wide range of related subjects. Topic-specific information will be available in such programs as the Software & Solutions Track, Information Systems Track and Communications Network Track. Also, individual exhibitors will showcase their unique technologies, products and services in exhibitor presentations and seminars.
Among the Special Exhibits held by the sponsors of CEATEC JAPAN 2004 will be a demonstration of inter-equipment connectability, a particularly important topic in the age of de facto standards, as well as presentations highlighting information accessibility activities, which aim to allow anyone, regardless of their age or physical capabilities, to enjoy the advantages of IT. One exhibit will feature automated identification technologies, such as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), with case studies of actual applications, and prospects and issues into the future. Another special corner will introduce the 11th World Congress on ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems), which will commence on October 18 in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.
Maximizing Business Opportunities
CEATEC JAPAN 2004 will reinforce activities to create new business opportunities for both visitors and exhibitors. The Business Matching Square, a special corner initiated at CEATEC JAPAN 2003, will be fine-tuned to support the business activities of foreign and domestic companies on-site in 2004.
With the goal of enhancing efficiency and convenience for visitors, the Electronic Components, Devices & Industrial Equipment Stage will be divided into 10 specific zones according to the main technologies/products highlighted by each exhibitor.
A special theme has also been created for the Electronic Components, Devices & Industrial Equipment Stage: Electronic Components and Devices: Providing Innovation for Creation. Under this theme, the stage will showcase special programs, including an electronics workshop for visitors and corners introducing electronics devices for automobiles.
Organizers of CEATEC JAPAN 2004 forecast approximately 700 exhibitors and 2,700 booths, as well as an increase in the number of visitors, to more than 200,000.
About CEATEC JAPAN 2004
CEATEC JAPAN is one of the largest international exhibitions in Asia for the information technology (IT) and electronics sectors, including the fields of imaging, information and communications. CEATEC JAPAN 2004 will be held in the 5-day period from October 5 to October 9. The theme of this year’s event is “Ubiquitous Society–Digitally Enriched, Accelerating to the Next Stage.” Organizers of CEATEC JAPAN 2004 forecast approximately 700 exhibitors and 2,700 booths, as well as an increase in the number of visitors, to more than 200,000. CEATEC JAPAN 2004 will feature displays of digital products and network-related technologies and services, key factors that drive global markets, as well as high-level CEATEC JAPAN Conference programs. In this way, the event promises to further distinguish itself as a “forum for the announcement of new technologies and products.”For further information, please visit the CEATEC JAPAN 2004 home page at: www.ceatec.com/en
CEATEC JAPAN Management Office,
Japan Electronics Show Association