BioQuick Editor & Publisher Michael D. O’Neill had the distinct honor of being asked to give a presentation at this year’s Japan Analytical Scientific Instruments Show (JASIS 2015), held September 2 though September 4, in Chiba, Japan, a city located just outside Tokyo. Unbeknownst to many, this annual analytical instruments show is by far the largest held in Asia, and it is perhaps now the largest held in the world, as Pittcon, a U.S.-based conference that once held that status has had somewhat diminished attendance in recent years. Estimates of this year’s JASIS attendace were on the order of 25,000, the largest ever. There were an estimated 500 exhibitors and approximately 1,500 booths. The many exhibitors included Shimadzu, ThermoFisher Scientific, Agilent Technologies, Bruker, Perkin-Elmer Japan, Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation, JEOL Ltd., Sciex, and Merck, among many others. Some 360 topics in New Technology were presented by exhibitors and approximately 50 conferences were conducted by academic and research organizations. The conference was jointly organized by the Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers’ Association and the Japan Scientific Instruments Association. Leaders of these two organizations are Gon-emon Kurihara, President, Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers’ Association, President and Representative Director, JEOL, Ltd.; and Hideto Yazawa, Chairman, Japan Scientific Instruments Association, Chairman, Dalton Co., Ltd. As an eye-witness to this incredibly well-organized event, I can only say “hats off” to these leaders who really made the incredible happen. Interestingly, to this first-time visitor to Japan, almost all the conference presentations were delivered in Japanese, with just a few, like mine, delivered in English and simultaneously translated into Japanese over headsets.
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