Toy manufacturers, exporters and buyers from all corners of the world met in Tokyo on Friday (5th October) to attend the Twelfth International Toy Trade Fair.
SV EXT Exhibition Sign
SV PAN Interior toys on display
SV Miniature golf game
SV and CU Visitors playing with toys (mainly grown ups)
CU Battery operated car
CU Young man playing with soccer game
SCU Man putting on miniature putting board
SV PAN around visitors at exhibition stands
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Background: Toy manufacturers, exporters and buyers from all corners of the world met in Tokyo on Friday (5th October) to attend the Twelfth International Toy Trade Fair.
Traditional and modern toy -- including the latest radio controlled models -- were on display. Japanese dolls exemplifying the most traditional Japanese art were shown alongside electric trains and magnetic football sets.
Toy manufacturing is one of Japan's Major light industries.The total annual turnover amounts to 250 billion yen (GBP 416 million sterling). Fifty billion yen (GBP 83 million sterling) worth of toys were exported last year.
Most of the exports go to America -- about 61 percent. Twenty-six percent go to Europe, and three percent to Africa and the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: The Twelfth International Toy Fair opened in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. Toy manufacturers and buyers from all over the world came to see a lavish mixture of traditional and modern electronic wonders.
Golf, one of Japans most popular sports, showed up in a number of miniature versions. Many of the toys seems to aimed more at grownups than at children.
Electronic toys showed increasing sophistication. Toy manufacturing is one of Japan's major light industries, with an annual turnover of more than four hundred million pound. Exports last year totalled eighty-three million pounds.
Sixty percent of the toys go to America; a quarter go to Europe. This year's offerings may do even better.