Located south of Tokyo, Yokohama is Japan’ s second largest city and the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture. Since the opening of foreign trade in 1859, Yokohama quickly grew from a small fishing village into one of Japan's major cities. The neighborhoods in these areas still retain a vibrant international feeling today.

The congress venue, Pacifico Yokohama, is located in Minato Mirai 21, or “harbor of the future.” Among these creative buildings is the uniquely-shaped conference venue, Pacifico Yokohama, whose shape mirrors the fabulous seaside setting as it invokes nautical images: it could be a wave, a ship, or a sail. The wealth of attractions to be found in Minato Mirai include shopping centers, hotels, a convention center, an amusement park, hot spring baths, museums, and parks.

Diversified foods, arts and culture, and a dynamic range of urban landscapes and changing communities can all to be found in contemporary Yokohama. For your own sociological observations and experiences, Yokohama will make all the difference.


To all those participating in the 12th Asian Congress of Nutrition

I sincerely respect the consistent contribution of the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS) in the field of nutrition research throughout the world.

The decision to hold the 12th Asian Congress of Nutrition in Yokohama is a source of great delight and an honor.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all the support that various nations have provided in the wake of the East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11 in 2011. Japan is currently pulling together as a team and is working on restoring the country to its normal state.

Both Yokohama City and the Japanese government will continue to provide appropriate and accurate information, and we intend to make every effort to ensure that your meeting is conducted smoothly, so please travel to Yokohama with a sense of reassurance and peace of mind.

I and all the other 3.6 million citizens of our city are united in looking forward to welcoming you to Japan.

Yours Sincerely,
Fumiko Hayashi
Mayor, City of Yokohama