CEATEC JAPAN 2001, the largest IT (information technology) exhibition in Japan this fall and harbinger of the full-scale opening of the broadband age, opened under sunny skies on October 2.
We take a look inside the dynamic site of this exhibition, gathering place for eager visitors and representatives from a wide variety of TV and radio stations, newspapers and magazines.
Media crews and journalists used Premium Time, held from 10:00 a.m. to noon, to cover the exhibition before the crowds. As the 10:00 a.m. opening approached, lines began forming at the entrance gates.
Among the hot topics of CEATEC JAPAN 2001 are displays, including ever thinner and lighter liquid crystal devices (LCDs) with large screens, as well as PDPs (plasma display panels) and organic electroluminescent (EL) displays, and next-generation cellular telephones.
At 12:30 p.m., the CEATEC JAPAN 2001 Opening Ceremony was held at the Makuhari Prince Hotel, located near Makuhari Messe.
Representing the sponsoring associations, Yoichi Morishita, Chairman of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), made the opening remarks, after which representatives of the Japanese government offered greetings on behalf of the guests in attendance.
Katsuji Ebisawa, Chairman of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), led the toast amidst high expectations for a successful event.
The many displays, demonstrations and presentations living up to the theme of CEATEC JAPAN 2001, “Towards the Next IT,” can be enjoyed until Saturday, October 6.