On October 2015, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) announced that they plan to use large part of exhibition space of Tokyo Big Sight* for 20 months from April 2019 to November 2020 as the Media Center for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In addition to this, it is planned that Makuhari Messe (Chiba City) will also be used as a stadium for the Olympics, although the precise period has not yet been announced. It is feared that it might not be possible to hold exhibitions there for around half a year. If these plans come true, it seems highly likely that almost all exhibitions held in the Tokyo area will have to be cancelled. Given these circumstances, JEXA has issued an “Official Statement Vol. 1” to continue to hold all exhibitions at Tokyo Big Sight as in usual years while at the same time making the Tokyo Olympics successful.
After that, in February 2016, TMG announced their improved plan “Building a new temporary exhibition center”. JEXA is thankful to TMG@and all related bodies for coming up with “A measure to relief the venue issue”.
However, even with this new measure, it still means Tokyo Big Sight will be closed for 7 months from April to November of 2020 while it is being used as the Olympic Media Center, and the exhibition industry (exhibitors, visitors, services companies, etc.) remains gravely concerned.
Therefore, we have decided to announce the “JEXA Official Statement Vol.2”, and continue collecting petitions.
The purpose of the petitions is same as before as following. “All exhibitions to be held at Tokyo Big Sight as usual at the same time as ensuring the success of the Tokyo Olympics” For those who have already submitted the petition, it is not necessary to re-submit. For those who have not yet submitted, we would like to ask you to add your name to our JEXA petition.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
April 8th, 2016
Japan Exhibition Association
Chairman, Tad Ishizumi
Vice Chairman, Shigeo Koshino
Vice Chairman, Kazunori Arai
Vice Chairman, Takahiro Matsui
Vice Chairman, Yasushi Kajiwara
Other Directors and Auditors
*Please refer to Official Announcement from JEXA for the details.