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UBM and LIMA Announce Licensing Expo Japan 2017 Date and Venue

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM, the largest business-to-business events and trade show organizer in the U.S., and the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA), the world's leading trade organization for the global licensing industry, today announce the dates of their planned event in Tokyo, Japan. Licensing Expo Japan will take place April 26-28, 2017, at Tokyo Big Sight.

The event will comprise a trade show and a conference and will be co-located with IFF MAGIC Japan, a new joint venture between MAGIC and JFW-International Fashion Fair, Japan's longest running, bi-annual fashion business tradeshow. IFF MAGIC Japan 2017 will be held as the cornerstone of Japan Fashion Week.

Jessica Blue, Senior Vice President, Licensing, UBM: "We are delighted to be working with our UBM Japan and MAGIC colleagues, as well as our partners at LIMA, to deliver this event for the licensing industry in Tokyo. Apparel, accessories and footwear represents the largest category for licensing both globally and in Japan, where 32% of all retail sales of licensed products derive from this category."

In addition to the apparel category, UBM will market the event to licensees and retailers in the following categories: toys and games, gifts, housewares, stationery, home décor, videogames, apps and publishing.

To further support Licensing Expo Japan, both UBM and LIMA have offices and experienced teams in Tokyo and are well-positioned to facilitate business connections between licensors, agents, licensees and retailers.

Charles Riotto, President, LIMA: "LIMA is excited to partner with UBM for Licensing Expo Japan and provide a superior event for our licensing colleagues in this region. According to our data, Japan is the world's third largest licensing market and more than 20% of our membership is based in Asia – we are committed to providing them with business, networking and educational opportunities designed to meet specific interests in licensing."

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About UBM Americas 
UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, is the largest business-to-business events and trade show organizer in the U.S. Through a range of aligned interactive physical and digital environments, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for both customers and audiences by cultivating meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. UBM Americas has offices spanning North and South America, and serves a variety of specialist industries with dedicated events and marketing services covering everything from fashion, tech and life sciences to advanced manufacturing, cruise shipping, specialty chemicals, powersports and automotive, concrete, hospitality, cargo transportation and more. For more information, visit:

About Licensing Expo (
Now in its 36th year, Licensing Expo is the world's largest and most influential annual trade show dedicated to licensing and brand extension. The show floor is merchandised into three zones: Characters and Entertainment; Art and Design; and Brands and Agents. More than 16,150 retailers, licensees, manufacturers, distributors and licensing agents attend the Expo from more than 90 countries. Licensing Expo is owned and organized by UBM Americas and is sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). UBM Americas also owns and operates License! Global magazine and Brand Licensing Europe.

About LIMA
LIMA – the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association – is the leading trade organization for the global licensing industry. LIMA's mission is to foster the growth and expansion of licensing around the world and create greater awareness of the benefits of licensing to the business community at large. The Association maintains offices in New York, London, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mexico City and Melbourne. Members in over 35 countries enjoy access to an array of benefits, including the Annual Global Licensing Study measuring the size of the worldwide licensing industry, online global directory, extensive educational programming, networking events, and Inside Licensing, with the latest in news, deals and trends. LIMA is the exclusive sponsor of Licensing Expo, the industry's largest trade event, in addition to shows in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Visit for more information and to utilize licensing's definitive online resource. 


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