The BioFach Japan 2013 opened with a grand ceremony, short speeches from the dignitaries and the traditional ribbon cutting. The EU delegate to Japan, the German ambassador, the Vice Minister of Agriculture from the Philippines and the Deputy Director General of Food Safety from the Japanese Agriculture Ministry, Chieko Watanabe san from Avanti Inc and Mathew John, IFOAM World board were present at the opening ceremony.
The ceremony was followed by press conferences where Mathew could talk on IFOAM and its principles. At a seminar, Mathew spoke on the importance of indigenous knowledge in Organic Agriculture, which was well received by the audience. Later, a meeting with members of IFOAM, Japan raised issues like: present issues of concern and communication with members.
The response to the stall and booths were phenomenal too, consumers continuously walked into the booths and the fair. A small interview with a journalist from The Mainichi Newspapers (Miko Myochin) – interesting questions from her – hopefully, an article in this quite well known newspaper of Japan and also good publicity for IFOAM and BioFach.