JAPAN Two healthcare congresses have chosen to host their events in Yokohama, Japan in 2015 and 2017, picking the destination over Asian markets such as Hong Kong and Indonesia.

The International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society will be hosting its 12th congress in 2015 at PACIFICO Yokohama, Japan’s largest convention centre and Yokohama’s flagship facility.

Tokyo Women’s Medical University and Local Organising Committee for the congress, Dr Motohiro Hayashi believed Yokohama was able to secure the bid over Hong Kong due to the promise of holding the congress with other related meetings to increase the number of attendees.

Additionally, Japan’s quick recovery from the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami gave the destination a living knowledge of decreasing the dangers of radiology from nuclear plants.

The other event secured is the Asian-Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Regional Congress for 2017, which Japan won by a majority vote against Indonesia.

Co-hosted by the A-PHPBA and the Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, the congress is expected to attract over 3000 researchers internationally due to its large membership base.