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10 July 2015
Combine the power of industry
Japanfs meeting industry celebrates the establishment of JCMA (Japan Convention Management Association), after the merger between JAPCO (Japan Association of Professional Congress Organizers) and CPA (Convention Planners Association of Japan) on April 2015. Hirotake Chikanami, the President of JCS will act as Representative Director of JCMA to take the leadership role in Japanfs meeting industry.

19 October 2014
MCI-JCS Japan organizes IBA Tokyo 2014
Tokyo International Forum played host to IBA annual conference 2014 from
October 19 to 24, 2014. IBA Tokyo is the annual conference run by the
International Bar Association, the world's leading organization of
international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed conference delegates at the
opening ceremony, which was also attended by their majesties the Emperor
and the Empress.


Welcome Party (Tokyo International Forum)
Closing Party (HAPPO-EN)

10 November 2012
MCI-JCS Japan organizes party at Sibos 2012
INTEX OSAKA played host to Sibos 2012 from October 29 to November 1, 2012. Sibos is the annual conference run by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), an organization made up of approximately 9,000 finance institutions from 209 countries around the world. MCI-JCS Japan planned and managed a party at this large international conference, which is said to draw approximately 8,000 participants and generate 10 billion yen each year.

01 September 2012
JCS becomes the first Japanese organization to acquire ISO 20121 certification (Event Sustainability Management System )
JCS acquired ISO 20121 certification on August 20, 2012, becoming the first Japanese organization to gain certification for this special standard for event management systems. ISO 20121, which was the standard implemented at the London Olympics, specifies an approach to hosting events that emphasizes establishing a fine balance between the genvironment, economy, and society.h The acquisition of ISO 20121 certification represents the culmination of two years of hard work that stretches back to when JCS obtained BS 8901 certification (the predecessor to ISO 20121) in February 2011. In addition to the London 2012 Olympics, ISO 20121 has been adopted as the standard for the 2020 Olympics Tokyo is currently bidding to host. Heading into the future, JCS will continue working to fulfill its corporate social responsibility and conduct environmentally conscious management.

Hirotake Chikanami, President & CEO of JCS (left) together with Naoyuki Takeo, President of BSI Group Japan K.K. (right) at the awards ceremony

20 July 2012
World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku
The World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku was held on July 3 and 4, 2012 in the Tohoku region (Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures), the area most heavily affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. JCSfs headquarters worked in coordination with the Tohoku Regional Office to help run this conference, which was widely covered by the media. Approximately 500 participants--including delegates from 63 countries (such as foreign ministers and ministers in charge of disaster prevention) and representatives from 14 international organizations, international and national NGOs, and the private sector--took part in the plenary session and discussed gDisaster Reduction in the 21st Century.h

01 May 2012
ASEAN International Symposium
The ASEAN Road Show, which is an international symposium conducted at the ministerial level, was held from April 25 to 28, 2012. Ministers of industry and trade from ASEAN member states visited Sendai and Tokyo during the Road Show to promote trade, investment, and other forms of economic activity within ASEAN. JCS managed a variety of events, including a symposium on free-trade agreements (FTA), study tours, exhibitions, and the welcome dinner attended by Mr. Yukio Edano, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan at that time.

09 March 2012
First in Japan, 2011 IAPCO International Client Award for ISTH2011
On Friday March 9, 2012, industry leaders gathered at JCS Tokyo head office to celebrate Dr. Yasuo Ikeda, the President of the XXIII Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH2011) held in Kyoto in July last year, to receive the 2011 IAPCO Award. A trophy and a certificate of merit were presented by Hirotake Chikanami, the President & CEO of JCS to represent IAPCO. The Award was given to commemorate
Dr. Ikeda's leadership and passion to lead the congress into the great success with more than 4,000 participants from overseas, which strongly encouraged the Japanese people only 4 months after the disaster - we Japanese will never forget those kind supports and encouragements from all over the world.

Press release from the Japan Tourism Agency

Press release from IAPCO "ADVERSITY, ISTH 2011 WENT AHEAD"

Press release from ICCA

Left to right: Mr. Ryoichi Matsuyama (President of the Japan National Tourism Organization), Mr. Hirotake Chikanami (President & CEO, Japan Convention Services, Inc.), Dr. Yasuo Ikeda (President, XXIII Congress of ISTH) and Mr. Hiroshi Mizohata (Commissioner, Japan Tourism Agency).

29 February 2012
JCS Tohoku Branch supported the medical conference
A letter of appreciation for successfully holding a medical conference with more than 5000 participants in Sendai for the first time since the Great East Japan Earthquake was presented from Mr. Hiroshi Mizohata, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, to Dr. Noriaki Ohuchi, President of the above medical conference (Director (Professor) at the Tohoku University Hospital Cancer Center), on Monday, February 27, 2012.

It was an honor for the JCS Tohoku Branch to help make the medical conference a success, especially because the conference was unique in the sense that it was held overcoming the difficulties due to the occurrence of the massive earthquake, and to be present at the impressive moment when Dr. Ohuchi received the letter of appreciation from the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency.

From right to left: Mr. Mizohata, Commissioner of the JTA
Mr. Ohuchi, Director; Mr. Ishida, Secretary General;
Chikanami, JCS; Mr. Takami, Counsellor in charge of the promotion of MICE, JTA

10 June 2011
Hirotake Chikanami, President of JAPCO, Presented Petitions to the Commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency
On Friday, May 13, 2011, Hirotake Chikanami, President & CEO of JCS, met with Hiroshi Mizohata, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, to present petitions from the members of the Japan Association of Processional Congress Organizers (JAPCO) as the association's president.

The petitions have been collected from JAPCO members since late April 2011 in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake for the restoration of the MICE business.
Many petitions have been collected, including "promotion of MICE hosting and support," "restoration of Japan brand," "dissemination of accurate information both at home and abroad," and "normalization of appropriate service activities."
The pleas of the JAPCO members were delivered in person by the president to the Japan Tourism Agency.

We will continue to make our best efforts to reconstruct the MICE business together with our customers.

Hiroshi Mizohata, Commissioner of the JTA(the second from the right)
Hirotake Chikanami, President & CEO of JCS(the second from the left)

01 April 2011
JCS Tohoku Regional Office to Resume Normal Business Operations
We are pleased to announce that we will resume normal business operation at our Tohoku Regional Office, which has been suspended following the March 11 Great Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake.

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the many concerned parties from abroad who have offered warm words of encouragement. Such kind remarks have been a great support to all of us during this difficult time.

We are also deeply sorry to have caused concerns to our customers and the parties involved for such a prolonged period.
Through committing to do our business operations, we will make an effort to the MICE business return to prosperity from now on.
We cordially request your continued support and cooperation.

Scheduled date and time for the business resumption:
9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011

Hirotake Chikanami
President & CEO
Japan Convention Services, Inc.

22 March 2011
Our Heartfelt Sympathy to Great Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake and Tsunami Victims and Report of Current Status of JCS
We, at JCS, extend our heartfelt sympathy to the victims of the Great Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake and Tsunami that occurred on March 11. We are deeply saddened by the loss of so many precious lives.

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the many concerned parties from abroad who have offered warm words of encouragement.

The infrastructure at JCS's Tohoku Regional Office was slightly damaged by the earthquake. Right now, we are gradually rebuilding with an eye toward recovery. As regards business transactions with the Tohoku Regional Office, the entire company, particularly the Headquarters and the Hokkaido Regional Office, is acting as backup. We would like to assure you that business at JCS will continue as usual.

As to this unprecedented disaster that has never been experienced in Japan and the world, JCS is hoping for a speedy restoration and recovery and the entire team shall come together and resolve to overcome this ordeal.

We are asking for your continued support and cooperation in this regard.

Hirotake Chikanami
President & CEO
Japan Convention Services, Inc.

25 January 2010
The Essence of Japanese Food in New York
Performed as an element of a project conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, this event drew the participation of two hundred of New York's culinary elite including the chefs of top restaurants and food critics.
The guests were treated to demonstrations using traditional Japanese ingredients and given lectures on the attributes and history of Japanese cuisine by Japanese food advocates in the United States.

A cooking demonstration using Japanese ingredients

16 November 2009
JCS provided simultaneous English and Japanese interpretations and translations
In November 2009, at a ceremony marking the 20th Anniversary of His Majesty the Emperor's Enthronement Commemorative Ceremony, we were involved in translating the message voiced by the Emperor and the felicitations given by six distinguished attendees; we also provided Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation during the ceremony.

Ceremony setting

22 October 2008
JCS Enters Joint Venture with MCI
JCS and MCI, the global association, communications and event management company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, have jointly established MCI-JCS Japan Inc. The new company, also to trade as MCI Tokyo Office, shares the office resources and infrastructure with JCS's HQ in Tokyo.

"Utilizing JCS's long-standing expertise and local know-how, MCI-JCS Japan is able to provide valuable services for MCI Group's global clients who wish to have a base or a project in our country,"Hirotake Chikanami, President of both JCS and MCI-JCS Japan, commented. Meanwhile, JCS continues to offer services to its own international and local clients.

The reception to celebrate the new company's opening, held inside its office premises in Tokyo, was attended by Roger Tondeur, President of MCI, and Robin Lokerman, President of MCI Asia Pacific, both of whom are also board members of MCI-JCS Japan.

Among the reception guests were Mr. Kazuyoshi Kaneko, Japan's Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and Dr. Kuniko Inoguchi, President of Japan Congress Convention Bureau and Member of Japan's House of Representatives. Minister Kaneko spoke about the government's initiatives to establish Japan as a tourism nation, with the goal of attracting 10 million international visitors in 2010, and wished MCI-JCS Japan's success in the coming years.

For more information on MCI, please visit its group website

Board of MCI-JCS Japan (L-R): Tatsuo Arai, Roger Tondeur, Hirotake Chikanami, Robin Lokerman
With Hiroshi Chikanami, JCS Chairman, Kazuyoshi Kaneko, MLIT Minister and Kuniko Inoguchi, JCCB President and MP

28 July 2008
G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit
On 7 - 9 July, the world leaders gathered in Toyako area on the Japanese northern island of Hokkaido for the G8 Summit. Various issues including world economy, environmental concerns and African development were discussed. JCS was an official service supplier for the Summit, providing simultaneous interpretation at the leadersf meetings, Major Economics Meeting (MEM) and others, as well as assisting operations of International Media Centre and Sherpa/FASS Meetings. The company provided interpretation services also at the previous Kyushu-Okinawa Summit in 2000 and the experience was certainly helpful when supporting seamless running of this yearfs major international event.

World-class interpreters at the G8 Summit 2008
Technicians pose together at International Media Centre

20 May 2008
Japanese Government Honors JCS Chairman
Hiroshi Chikanami, Founder and Chairman of JCS, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, one of the most prestigious Japanese Orders, from the national government. Upon the reception he commented, gI have spent the last 40 years pursuing my passion as a conference organiser, but this Order is for each and all of us at JCS. We will continue to make our best efforts to render quality services for further development of the MICE industry.h

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