Tokyo Motor Show in fall canceled over pandemic
Written by tokyoclub on April 22, 2021
The Tokyo Motor Show scheduled for this fall will be canceled due to a resurgence of coronavirus infections, Akio Toyoda, chairman of its organizer the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said Thursday.
The biennial auto show is a major event attracting people and companies from automotive and various other fields, with the last round in 2019 drawing around 1.3 million people. It will be the first cancellation of the event, which was first held in 1954.
File photo taken in October 2019 shows the Tokyo Motor Show being held at Tokyo Big Sight in the Japanese capital. (Kyodo)
“We decided to cancel the auto show, as it seems difficult to offer main programs in a safe environment,” Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., said in an online press conference.
Toyoda also said during the virtual news conference that the auto industry body opposes the Japanese government’s policy of banning sales of new gasoline-engine vehicles. “We need to first expand other (technological) options to achieve carbon neutrality. We should follow the right order,” he said.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in Japan by 2050 and unveiled the goal of making all new cars sold in the country electrified by 2035.
Toyoda said he supports Suga’s 2050 emissions-cut target, but argued it should be addressed by the efforts of all industries, including the government’s measures to increase electricity generated by renewable sources.