As of October 11th, Japan has reopened to foreign travelers. Business people and tourists from around the world have been waiting for this and it is finally a reality. The opening also means that limits on the number of daily arrivals in Japan have been lifted so airlines will be quick to resume routes and schedules making travel to Japan as easy as before COVID again for anyone with at least three vaccinations or a pre-flight negative PCR test.

Prior to COVID, many members visited Japan on a yearly basis and the BC Wood Japan Office is ready to assist them again to make their trips as productive as possible. The 2023 Nikkei Architectural and Construction Materials Show which will be held from February 28th to March 1st is a great option to get back in front of Japanese customers. This is the biggest construction industry trade show in Japan, covering everything from lumber to finished products. Nikkei attracts large numbers of architects and designers working on commercial projects so it is a great event to promote high value wood products and finishing materials. Prior to COVID, this show welcomed over 200,000 visitors over its four days and with other recent shows in Japan being busy again we have high hopes for Nikkei.

BC Wood will once again be organizing the Canadian Pavilion on behalf of industry. As before, BC Wood will help take the stress and uncertainty out of exhibiting at the show. We can assist with all the logistics required for setting up your display. Leveraging our database of over 20,000 industry contacts in Japan, we can also support your pre-show marketing efforts and even match-make to preset meetings at the show with qualified buyers for your product. Please contact me at and we can set-up a time to chat about this year’s program and how BC Wood can help you expand your business opportunities in the Japanese market.