IMF(International Monetary Fund) and WBG(World bank Group) Annual meetings were held in Tokyo for the first time in 48 years Oct.9-14.(http://www.imf-wb.2012tokyo.mof.go.jp/en/index.html)
Japan hosted such meetings 48 years ago which was the very same year that Japan hosted Tokyo Olympics, which was a remarkable symbolic event of Japan’s successful recovery form the economic recession due to the post war aftermaths of WW2. Now, the Japan’s economic, political, and social positions and international community’s situations have drastically changed as well. This time the second time’s phases have shown the historic exaltation of the country.
There were four venues of the event, namely, TIF(Tokyo International Forum),IM(Imperial Hotel),Hotel Okura, and TCCI (Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry), all of which are located in the very center of this capital of Japan . Totally official participants were from 187 countries and registered visitors and participants , their dependents amounted to about 20,000. Top economic leaders of the world got together and Tokyo soaked in the heat and excitement of the great festivity. On the 12th, the plenary and official banquet hosted by Noda, the prime minister of Japan were held.
There were about 20 official hotels designated as official accommodation for the participants and dependents and special hospitality programs were prepared which provided them with various short trips such as on-day visit to Yokohama, visiting Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Sky Tree just built in this year, shopping at depachika (basement floors in department stores ),cultural experience tour such as a tea ceremony, learning how to wear kimono, and so forth. A lot of participants and other registered visitors enjoyed those short tours or traditional Japanese cultural experiencing events.
The local host of the Annual Meetings were MOF (Minister of Finance) and Bank of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Government ,and so many people including volunteer staffers, pro tour guides, escorts and others attended the visitors from all over the world. The hosts, the government, and others say more than 10 billion yen revenue can be expected from this greatly worldwide financial series of events. We hope this has influenced betterment of Japanese economy, tourism, and society as a whole.