MAST Communications – recruiting now!

Mon 16 Jul 2018 @ 11:23

MAST’s organisers have started expansion plans to increase the international reach and service standards of all its events.

Interviews are currently underway for staff in MAST’s Tokyo offices and international sales executives based in Europe.

Since MAST Asia – Japan’s only international defence trade-show and conference – is alone expected to double in size (again) for 2019, there is an immediate need for staff with a range of skills.

Additionally, the staff in Tokyo will be able to provide new and exclusive added-value services to MAST’s international sponsors/exhibitors, including business information services e.g. a planned daily defence news review service to cover the breadth of Japanese press/media, and Defence B2B connectivity services in/out of Japan.

If you are interested in these positions, please email [email protected].


Last chance to present in MAST Indo-Asia 2018

Mon 16 Jul 2018 @ 10:04

The call for papers for November's MAST Indo-Asia conference and exhibition closes this Friday – 20th July!

MAST Indo-Asia is the first international defence event to take place in Delhi (HQ to Indian Navy, DRDO, and Ministry of Defence) in many years, and the only one dedicated to maritime subjects.

All authors wishing to present to India’s (and wider Indo-Asia-Pacific region’s) Naval and Defence operators and technologists, should upload abstracts ASAP.


Third biennial MAST Asia to get tri-service support

Tue 3 Jul 2018 @ 12:21

MAST Asia 2019, Chiba, Tokyo, 2 Halls, Maritime, Air Forces, Ground-based Missile Defence

There was standing room only at the 25 June 2018 “launch event” for the third biennial MAST Asia – Japan’s only international defence trade-show and conference – saw previous MAST Asia exhibitors quadrupling the size of their booths for the 2019 edition!

Announcements from MAST Asia chairman, Professor Satoshi Morimoto (Policy Adviser to Japan’s Defense Minister, and a former Defense Minister himself) and MAST Asia CEO, Warren Edge included the addition (under special request) for MAST Asia to now include air forces (and some ground-based missile defence systems) in future editions – including 2019.

The resulting 2019 event will therefore take place in two halls at Makuhari Messe: one maritime, one aerospace. Exhibitors promoting platforms in both domains will straddle the two halls.

The new static display area – a free-of-charge(!) space for exhibitors – is expected to be a key attraction, featuring fixed wing, rotor wing and fast combat boat platforms, ground-based missile defence systems, and unmanned systems/drones.

As anyone attending either of the previous biennial MAST Asias will testify, the support of Japan’s authorities has been clear at each MAST Asia, with many of the 4,500 participants representing:

  • Ministry of Defense;
  • Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA);
  • Ministry of Trade, Economy Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
  • Japan Maritime Self Defense Force;
  • Japan Air Self Defence Forse;
  • Japan Ground Self Defence Force

The number of country pavilions is projected to increase (again) in 2019 to showcase the leading platforms, systems and technologies from Australia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and USA.

Two MSME Zones (one maritime, one aerospace) will give start-ups and innovators the opportunity to explain their developing/disruptive technologies to both visitors and established defence contractors alike.

Following requests from numerous MAST Asia supporters, new B2B meeting facilities will be provided free-of-charge for exhibitors to promote closer industry partnerships in and out of the region.

The addition of air-force chiefs to the existing VIP/hosted buyer list (chiefs of navy, defence ministers, and procurement officials) that take part in MAST Asia, means that 2019’s VIP/hosted buyers programme will double to approx. 250+ invited VIPs, from thirty countries (not least MAST’s unmatched, comprehensive profile of the top defence authorities from Japan).

If meeting the key defence operators, technologists, and industry in Japan and the Indo-Asia-Pacific region is essential, MAST Asia is a MUST!