The Tokyo Game Show Will Not Be Cancelled

Japan has been besieged by ruthless attacks from Earth’s tectonic plates. In the wake of the news earlier today that Japan suffered yet another strong quake offshore from where they’ve already been walloped by tsunami and nuclear meltdown, it was looking for a while that the effects might include the cancellation of this year’s Tokyo Game Show (official site). Fortunately, today comes news via Adriasang that conference organizer CESA confirms it will proceed as scheduled.

Sure, it’s just an industry trade show, but Tokyo Game Show is the biggest in Asia. And unlike E3, which is open only to accredited industry professionals and approved media, it’s open to the general public. E3 gets maybe 60,000 people and it’s always a huge economy booster. The Tokyo Game Show averages something like 200,000 people. That’s a lot of people buying stuff, renting hotel rooms and generally pumping a lot of money into the local economy. Just thing for a nation still feeling severe economic after effects – it might cost the nation more than 10 Billion to fully recover – from the recent disasters.

Or put another way, after a month of this:

It’s good to know the Japanese economy hasn’t been ground to dust. The Tokyo Game Show runs from September 15th through September 18th. While we’ll be keeping an eye out for news from the conference, we have no comment on this year’s official slogan, “Game-Dancing Your Heart”. We’ll just assume it sounds more profound in Japanese.

In the meantime, check out Gamefront’s coverage of E3 2010 and stay tuned for E3 2011.

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