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JIAM 2020 to be held from May 20-23 at Intex Osaka

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JIAM 2020, organised by the Japan Sewing Machinery Manufactures Association (JASMA), will be held from May 20-23, 2020 at Intex Osaka. Under the theme of 'the forefront of the future technology and master craftsmanship collaboration' the 12th edition will showcase products in which 'state-of-the-art technology' and 'master craftsmanship' come together.
The show will provide solutions catering to each and every need, by combining existing high-level skillsets that have survived drastic market changes in the past with the latest technology built on knowledge and history.
JIAM 2020 Osaka will open its doors in four months, and welcomes 162 exhibitors, of which 21 returning exhibitors (17 domestic, 4 overseas) have expanded their exhibition space. 33 companies (16 domestic, 18 overseas) will be joining the fair for the first time. The total exhibition space from JASMA member companies increased by 8.9 per cent. The show will welcome overseas exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, including Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Macao, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and UK. In addition, Germany will participate with a pavilion of over 100 sqm organised by the VDMA German garment and leather technology association. This demonstrates a growing interest in sewing machinery and related equipment manufacturers from all over the world.
Special seminars
Textile industry issues and initiatives from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 
Hiromi Sugiura, director of Lifestyle Industries Division Manufacturing Industries Bureau in The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will be holding the seminar to present a variety of ideas to overcome present day problems in the industry.
Toward 4.0 Smart Industries in the fashion industry
Led by Shigeki Kondo, chairman of The Japan Apparel Technology and Research Association, this session will introduce case studies themed 'common base network society' and 'FashionTech'.
Examples of IoT applications for industrial sewing machines - opportunities for small to medium sized manufacturers and IT ventures
Addressing future technology, Koshiro Yokota, president of Toyotake Industry Co Ltd, will use a case example to illustrate the potential for IoT implementation in factories.
Twist Jacket (Lapel) Pattern and matching sewing - Making the front panels (patent pending)
Susumu Inarida of specially-appointed committee member, Japan Modelist Association / Emeritus Professor of Bunka Fashion Graduate University (BFGU), whose seminar gathered an audience of over 200 visitors in 2016, will showcase his master craftsmanship again.
Made-in-Japan to challenge the world
A proposal project on monozukuri (manufacturing) from Japan will be presented on stage again. Yoshio Sadasue, chairman of Maker's Shirt Kamakura Co Ltd; Masaki Sato, president of Sato Seni Co Ltd and Masahiro Shiraishi, president of Fashion Shiraishi Inc, will take part, together with moderator Nobuyuki Kume, senior adviser of Kume Sen-I Co Ltd.
The enjoyment of analog connects the Japanese sewing industry to the next generation
Hideki Tani, president of Valley LLC will present ideas on how 'small garment factories can expand their personal networks, and how sewing schools for children can be operated.
Aseismatic clothing (clothes that retain their shape) making clothes that don't lose their shape by applying adhesive after smoothing
Yoshio Suzuki, a technical member of staff of Ginza Yamagataya will introduce tailor techniques for mens' clothing at a skills training seminar.
The forefront of Asian apparel, the 10-year fight of Japanese sewing companies and the future
The most popular panel discussion of the last edition, hosted by Asia-Apparel Production Network (AAP), will return and discuss the 10 year fight of Japanese sewing companies and the future'. Taking part in the discussion are Masayuki Tsunekawa, president of Santei Co Ltd, Kazuo Iwai, president of Rocks Co ltd, Takashi Ishiguro, president of Kojima Iryo Co ltd, Kazuya Masai, president of Yumine Sewing Co Ltd and Kazuo Furushima, president of Fashion Cloth Furushima Co Ltd. Hiroshi Wada, director/executive secretary of AAP, will act as moderator. 
Higg Index, the solution for your sustainability journey
An Introduction to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and 'the Higg Index', and a panel discussion composed of Japanese member of SAC, Toray Industries, ASICS Corporation, Teijin Frontier Co Ltd, and Nippon Steel Trading Corporation. The discussion will be moderated by Marianna Tsuien, senior director of business development, Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).
HIW's effort to establish a sewing factory trading company
Mirei Takamura, chief executive officer of Hope International Works Co Ltd introduces a new business style called 'Trading Company with Technical Skill' that combines the advantages of factories and textile trading companies.
New experiments by underwear manufacturers - gender diversity
A seminar introducing clothing modifications to accommodate the transgender community, led by Toru Miyawaki, managing executive officer of Bisei Sangyo Co Ltd, Kazuyuki Nomura, executive director of Hikoneseni Cooperative, Keiichiro Ishimaru, associate professor, Department of Psychology of Ochanomizu University.
Special Theme Zones
Photovoltaic textiles
Solar cells are processed into threads and integrated by weaving. This section will showcase photovoltaic textiles that are easy to bend, easy to handle, and highly productive. The zone is organised in cooperation with Sphelar Power Corporation, Matsubun Textile Co Ltd, Urase Co Ltd and Fukui Taiyo Co Ltd.
LED textiles
Light emitting fabrics weaved using LED tapes, LED substrates and processed with resin will be showcased.
Inkjet-printed smart textiles with sensor functionality
Conductive ink is printed onto textiles using an inkjet printer to form electrical circuits. Prototypes of smart textiles using smart fibers will be exhibited.
Home Sewing Machine Zone
The Home Sewing Machine Zone, catering for the B2C market, will feature major domestic household sewing machine manufacturers, with suggestions on ways to enjoy making things using sewing machines, and exhibits featuring the latest household sewing machines. Another highlight will be the presentation of the works of excellence award recipients of JASMA's '40th Home Sewing Competition for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students', published in 'Support Goods and Cheering Costumes for Watching Sports', with the award ceremony to be held on May 23 from 14:20 to 14:50.

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