The number of visitors to the Macworld Tokyo 2002 exhibition on Thursday, the first day of the three-day exhibition, was slightly higher than last year, the organizers said Friday morning.
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A total of 53,766 people entered the exhibition on Thursday, said Kimiko Niwa, a spokeswoman for IDG Japan Inc., which is one of the organizers along with Mainichi Communications Inc. and The Nihon Kogyo Shimbun.
Fine weather and a Japanese public holiday helped push the number of first day visitors past last year’s total of 52,313 people and the organizers expect a total of 180,000 people will visit the expo during its three-day run.
Among the exhibition attendees, around 6,000 people also attended the keynote address given by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The keynote, which included several product announcements, was used by Jobs to announce a US$100 rise in the price of the company’s iMac personal computer as a result of rapidly climbing prices for LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors and memory chips.
Macworld Tokyo 2002 continues until Saturday at Tokyo Big Sight.