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Tokyo Motor Show Cancelled For The First Time Ever

The ongoing pandemic has forced the postponement of the Tokyo Motor Show, one of the largest global auto shows


  • The Tokyo Show has run since 1954.

  • The last show, held in 2019, attracted more than 1.3 million people.

  • The announcement was made by the JAMA.


Despite Auto Shanghai 2021 being held as we write these lines, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association has decided to cancel this year’s edition of the Tokyo Motor Show.

It was Chairman Akio Toyoda, also president of Toyota Motor Corp. that made the announcement earlier today. He said, as reported by the Japan Times: “The Tokyo Motor Show is being canceled, not delayed,” Toyoda said. “It’s difficult to hold the event in a way in which many people will be able to experience the appeal of mobility in a safe and secure environment.”

This is the first time in the auto show’s 67-year history that it will not be held. Specifically, the Tokyo Motor is a bi-annual event that typically draws tremendous interest from global automakers, various related industries, and media alike.

During the briefing, Toyoda took the opportunity to voice his opposition to Japan’s government’s plan to ban sales of all new ICE vehicles by 2050. He said: ““We need to first expand other (technological) options to achieve carbon neutrality. We should follow the right order,”

There’s no word as to when the next Tokyo Motor Show might be held. It’s possible, if conditions allow, that it will be held in 2022, otherwise, the industry will have to wait until 2023.

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