Japan’s biggest anime event, AnimeJapan cancels 2020 edition.
AnimeJapan 2020 and Family Anime Festa 2020 that were going to be held at Tokyo Big Sight on 21/03/2020 and 22/03/2020 is cancelled.
Before the official cancellation, several companies, including Bushiroad (ARGONAVIS, GYROAXIA and more), announced that they were pulling out from the event as a countermeasure to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The organizers released a statement on the issue.
In the face of the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the call from the Japanese government to cancel large-scale events made on February 26, but most of all thinking about the health and safety of our visitors and everyone involved in the event we have decided to cancel AnimeJapan 2020 and Family Anime Festa 2020.
We are extremely sorry towards all the anime fans looking forward to this year’s edition and all involved parties who were preparing for the event, however the conclusion has been made to prevent the further spread of the infection.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
February 27, 2020
Several seiyuu were going to attend AnimeJapan 2020 in different panels and talk events. Some of those seiyuu included:
- Shintaro Asanuma,
- Takahiro Sakurai,
- Soma Saito,
- Kenjiro Tsuda,
- Kensho Ono,
- Makoto Furukawa,
- Yuichiro Umehara,
- Nobunaga Shimazaki,
- Yoshiki Nakajima,
- and more
Refunds will be available for all that purchased tickets for this event that yearly attracts thousands of people from Japan as well as overseas. For more details on refunds please refer to the official AnimeJapan 2020 website (link below).
This cancellation follows a series of event cancellations across Japan in light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak. The Japanese government announced this week new measures against the coronavirus by limiting, postponing or cancelling events as a way to avoid the spread of the virus in the country.
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Source: AnimeJapan official website