Web2.0 Expo Tokyo 2008, planned on Dec. 3rd and 4th, cancellation is announced by its organizer CMP Technology Japan.
On the conference top page [J], now it is explained that the event was cancelled because they would not be able to hold the conference as announced initially.
In their Japanese press release, it is described things missed from the original plan are some guest speakers from oversea.
CNET Japan editor Atsuyoshi Narumi inquired “So who really cancelled?” to CMP Technology Japan, to get an answer that it is Tim O’Reilly who cannot make it. Well, if keynote speaker is missed, it is too big to ignore.
English version of the announcement
the current business climate was not conducive to guaranteeing the success of the event.
is slightly different from Japanese version.I do not know which was first, Tim’s schedule or lack of sponsors. Anyway this is another ominous sign following to “Web2.0’s death“.
Now Open Web Asia ’08 becomes more important than before.
CMP Technology Japan – Press Release [J]
Mainichi Shimbun newspaper report
Gen Kanai pointed out that the last year’s Web2.0 Expo in Japan was not a really “Web2.0” event.
It sounds like a joke, but the Japanese company “Web2.0, Inc.” turns out to be in deadpool in coming September 2008.
Web2.0 Inc. was established by Digital Garage, the nation leading event-ticket seller company Pia and the No.1 online price comparison service Kakaku.com on November 15th 2005 and offers Social Bookmark service PingKing. With the stronger competitors like Hatena Bookmark, livedoor Clip, Buzzurl and Yahoo! Bookmarks, PingKing could not take off and is waiting its close at the end of this month.
Apparently, naming of the company expected search engine optimization and hoped the word “Web2.0” success in Japan, however, the search results of Web2.0, Inc is 5th on Yahoo! Japan, 13th on Google (Japanese). “Web2.0” in Japan on Google Trends shows the word itself is less searched recently.
Digital Garage’s release : notice about subsidiary dissolution and liquidation [J, pdf]