The Japanese Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has changed the 4-day physical show scheduled to open on 24 February to an online-only event due to COVID-19.
The annual Pacifico Yokohama Venue Event has been cancelled for the third consecutive year and replaced with an online ‘show’. A notification released by the organisers states:
…due to the rapid expansion of Omicron strains since the beginning of the year, the number of infected people and close contacts is increasing rapidly, and the supply of antigen test kits is tight, which is hindering safe event management. In addition, looking at the current infection situation, it is unlikely that the number of infected people will decrease significantly by the end of February, and it will be unlikely that the event will be held safely and securely. The psychological anxiety of the people is in a situation that cannot be wiped out.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to many customers who have been looking forward to the event at Pacifico Yokohama for the first time in three years, but we appreciate your understanding.
We also sincerely apologize for the announcement of the cancellation just before the event.
The CP+ show has become increasingly important globally with the cessation of the European Photokina and American PMA shows. It is one of the few events that give manufacturers a chance to showcase their latest products to a receptive audience. Readers can register free of charge to access the online show. Click here for full details.