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General Conference Information

The Annual WFHSS and JSMI Conference 2012 (13th World Sterili-zation Congress) will be held at the Osaka International Convention Center on November 21-24, 2012.
Osaka is the second biggest city in Japan and has an attractive bay area and many historical, commercial and entertainment districts.
It is easy for you to visit Osaka because there are two airports (Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport) and a station for the Shinkansen Bullet Train.
The Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe) is where the ancient state of Japan was born and served as a capital for a long time, so there are many famous temples and shrines in the area.

Official Language

English is the official language of the WFHSS2012.

Passport & VISA Information :

(1) Passport
Any foreign visitor who wishes to come to Japan must have a vaild passport.
Eligibility for the passport validity differs from country to country. Please check with your nearby Embassy or Consulate.
(2) Visa
Depending on your country and region that you are travelling from, due to the treaty between Japan and your country, you might need a visa to enter Japan. Please check the below website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).
MOFA Website:
Visa exemption country list
Visa requirements & application
NOTE: When applying for visa, you may be asked to present certain documents confirming your participation in the 13th WFHSS. Upon your request, we will issue these documents, including an official invitation letter. Please be advised that we cannot issue the documents unless you meet either one of the following conditions.
(1) Presenter (Speaker) of the 13th WFHSS Congress.
(2) If you have already paid for the registration fee for pre-registration.
Please contact the Congress Secretariat if you need any assistance for your visa.
Japan Convention Services, Inc.
Keihanshin Yodoyabashi Bldg., 4-4-7,
Imabashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0042, JAPAN
TEL: +81-6-6221-5933 / FAX: +81-6-6221-5938
E-MAIL: wfhss2012@convention.co.jp

Travelers Checks and Credit Card:

Travelers Checks are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan (Japanese inns) and stores in major cities.
International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club and Master Card are also acceptable at these major establishments. However, credit card transactions are not always convenient outside big cities. Therefore, obtaining cash beforehand is recommended when you travel to the countryside.

Foreign Currency Exchange:

There is no limit on the amount of any currency that may be brought into or taken out of Japan. However, if you transport (any currencies, checks, securities or other monies) exceeding 1,000,000 yen worth in Japanese currency into or out of the country then you must complete a customs declaration. You can buy yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. At the international airports, currency exchange counters are usually open during normal office hours. The exchange rate fluctuates daily depending on the money market.


November is one of the best times to visit Japan, as the weather is relatively dry and mild, and the autumn colors are spectacular in many parts of the country. Travel activity tends to be low except around popular autumn leaf spots. Japan's fall foliage season begins in October and extends through early December. Many autumn festivals are held throughout the country to give thanks for the harvest. Especially, in Kyoto, many tourist spots are illuminated during the season to allow evening viewing of the trees.
Clothing: you will probably just need a sweater and a light jacket in cities such as Osaka and Kyoto. But we recommend you to bring a thick coat as you may need it when visiting mountainous areas for excursions.


The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hertz in eastern Japan and 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka).
A convertible type of electrical appliance such as a hair dryer, travel iron and shaver will therefore be handy; otherwise a step-down transformer is required to convert the voltage.
There are no columnar-shaped plugs or 3-pin plugs used in Japan, instead 2-flat-pin plugs are used.

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Time Differences:

All of Japan is in the same time zone, 9 hours ahead of G.M.T. No Daylight Saving Time is practiced in Japan.


The Organizing Committees will not be responsible for individual medical expense, loss or accidents incurred during the conference.
Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance and bring their insurance policies with them.

Post Office Services:

Post offices are easily recognized by a sign with a double-bar red T on a white background (〒).Post offices are easily recognized by a sign with a double-bar red T on a white background (〒). Office hours are between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Osaka Central Post Office, located in front of Osaka Station in Umeda, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Red mailboxes can be found on many street corners. Shops that display the 〒 sign in their front window sell stamps and post cards.

Post offices are easily recognized by a sign with a double-bar red T on a white background (〒).The most convenient way to get cash is at post offices. The Japanese postal system, which also offers banking services, has recently linked its ATMs to the International Cirrus and Plus System cash networks, as well as some credit card networks. Postal ATMs are located in most large post offices. They operate between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Public Phones:

Post offices are easily recognized by a sign with a double-bar red T on a white background (〒).Although the number of public phones has decreased due to the spread of cell phones, pay phones that accept both pre-paid cards and 10 or 100 yen coins can be found in hotels, department stores, train stations and other facilities. To make a call, pick up the receiver, put in a coin or telephone card and press the number. A local call of approximately one minute in duration, costs 10 yen. Public phones that allow callers to make international calls are labeled as such. For international calls, the caller must first choose an access number from one of many international phone companies. After pressing the access number, press 010, followed by the country code, area code and telephone number.

How to dial “from Japan to Abroad”
Ex) 001(KDDI) or 0033(NTT) + 010 + country code + phone number*
How to dial “from Abroad to Japan”
Ex) 00 + 81 + phone number*

*If the number starts with a 0, drop the 0 and dial everything else.

Congress Secretariat

Phone: +81-6-6221-5933
Fax: +81-6-6221-5938
Email: wfhss2012@convention.co.jp