The event’s organizers have announced that the Tokyo Motor Show 2021 will not take place this year. Japan is currently dealing with a large coronavirus pandemic, with the government preparing to declare the third state of emergency in the capital.
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Frankfurt and Tokyo Motor Show 2021
The Tokyo Motor Show has been held biennially for the past 67 years, and it is a hugely significant event for the Japanese domestic car market, just as the Frankfurt Motor Show is for the German automotive industry. Typically, the event is jam-packed with concepts from domestic brands like Toyota, Mazda, and Honda.
Press conference: President of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association
“The Tokyo Motor Show 2021 is being cancelled, not delayed,” said Akio Toyoda, Chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (the body that organizes the event). It’s difficult to stage the event in a way that allows a large number of people to enjoy the appeal of mobility in a safe and secure setting.”
“The Tokyo Auto Show showcases motorbikes, minicars, big trucks, passenger cars, as well as mobility vehicles of other industries,” Toyoda further stated expressing his intention to keep the show from going online.
“As a result, we would prefer to have tourists encounter these vehicles in the real world rather than virtually, and we would prefer to hold the event in the real world rather than virtually.”
Impact of Tokyo Motor Show 2021 cancellation on the local economy
The Tokyo Motor Show has been cancelled for the first time since its inception in 1954, and analysts expect the decision to have a major effect on the local economy. About 1.3 million people from all over the world attended the 2019 exhibition.
According to Automotive News Europe, the organizers of the Tokyo Motor Show are already preparing a return, but it would most likely not be the same as the previous pre-COVID-19 show.
It will be renamed the “Tokyo Mobility Show” when it returns, to reflect the technologies being built for the changing automotive world, such as autonomous driving systems, micro-mobility, and alternative drive systems. The new event has yet to be scheduled, but we expect it to take place in 2022 or 2023.
Casualties in Japan amid COVID-19
Covid-19 hasn’t ravaged Japan with the same ferocity as it has other Western countries, such as the United Kingdom. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the world has seen about 550,000 confirmed infections and 9,700 deaths.
Cases peaked in January, and despite Japan’s government cracking down hard on the virus in February and March, the infection rate is increasing, especially in densely populated Tokyo, where nearly 850 people have contracted the disease in the last 24 hours.
The cancellation comes as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga prepares to declare a state of emergency in areas of Japan, including Tokyo and Osaka. These new changes occur just three months before Japan’s 2020 Olympic Games, which have already been postponed by a year.
The first big global car show since the outbreak began took place in China this week. The country’s largest auto show, Auto Shanghai 2021, was open to the public, but visitors had to pass the Covid-19 exams in order to get in.