Despite Pervasive Shutdowns, Tokyo Pet Show Patters On

Judy Williams, News Editor 
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While Asia is buffeted by the ever-changing winds of COVID-related shutdowns and delays, many shows still make it to the floor.

TOKYO – After a COVID-caused hiatus in 2020, Interpets Asia Pacific – the international fair for a better life with pets – almost didn’t make it to the show floor in 2021. In early January, the Japanese government declared a one-month state of emergency that was extended until March 21. Happily, this show did return for its 10th year from April 1-4, 2021 at Tokyo Big Sight, the largest international exhibition center in Japan. 

Show organizer Messe Frankfurt Japan worked proactively and in lockstep with local authorities and the venue operator to affirm precautionary measures and provide attendees with a safe and effective business meeting environment.  

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Interpets has shown tremendous growth since its debut in 2011 and is now recognized by overseas manufacturers as the only gateway to enter the Japanese pet market, the second-largest pet market in the world. 

The public health measures deployed included facial masks and hand sanitization regulations, onsite body temperature checks, frequent sanitization of the fairground facilities and distancing measures for all attendees.  

“This is our first time exhibiting at Interpets Asia Pacific,” Tomoyuki Ota of Marfied Co Ltd, an exhibitor, said. “The visitor flow was high and has exceeded our expectations. A lot of potential clients with specific needs visited our booth. In particular, on the first day we received business enquires from buyers representing a variety of different industries with the potential to bring us new business opportunities. We are pleased with Interpets Asia Pacific 2021.”  

Interpets wrapped up four successful days having welcomed 28,387 visitors, 327 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions, and 13,736 pets who pawed their way to the show floor.  

For further information about Interpets Asia Pacific March 31-April 3, 2022 in Tokyo, visit the show’s website.