Sharp President Katsuhiko Machida making his speech as JEITA's chairman
Sharp President Katsuhiko Machida making his speech as JEITA's chairman
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One day before "CEATEC Japan 2007" opens at Makuhari Messe, which is being held from Oct. 2 to 6, 2007, the CEATEC Japan Organizing Committee held a press conference to announce the outline of the event as it does every year.

This year's event is bigger than ever again. Participants increased from last year's 807 to 895 companies, with the number of booths also increasing from 2,936 to 3,199. The event also uses the entire Makuhari Messe facility, including Halls 9 to 11, which were not used last year. Visitors are expected to reach 200,000 people in five days.

"According to a survey targeting exhibitors, up to 45% of the overall exhibitors have advanced the development of their new technologies in time for the opening of CEATEC," said Katsuhiko Machida, chairman of Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), who came up to the stage as the representative of the three hosting organizations.

He continued, "It is proof that CEATEC has become the station from which cutting-edge technologies are sent out to the world," showing his confidence in the event's success.

"I think attention will be drawn most to the technical competition among slim TV manufacturers." In contrast to last year's CEATEC, for which it was difficult to select feature attractions, the CEATEC Japan Management Office's Secretariat Jiro Irie introduced one of this year's key products proudly.

He also cited "the enhanced biometric verification technologies and the development of power charge systems for mobile phones, etc." as other features of the event.

Putting "I overheard" at the beginning, he also revealed that "an Aurora Vision monitor" and "a system, which displays a 3D image on the PC screen and allows users to operate the PC by touching the image," will be showcased as well.