Japan set to host first KCON of the yearJapan has been designated the first country to host the world’s largest convention of Korean pop music and culture this year, organizers said Monday.
First launched in Irvine, California, in 2012, KCON is hosted by CJ E&M and held in multiple countries throughout the world. Attending the event has become an annual pilgrimage for K-pop fans around the globe, with more than 566,000 fans having taken part since the event began.
CJ E&M is the media and entertainment company of the Korean conglomerate CJ Group.
KCON Japan began in 2015 and has expanded in size every year to reach a three-year cumulative total of 96,000 visitors. This year’s KCON will kick off at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, from April 13-15. The lineup for the event is not yet available.
“CJ E&M is playing a pivotal role in establishing the Korean lifestyle as one of the mainstream cultures within Japan by continuously hosting KCON, where visitors can experience Korean culture in a comprehensive way,” Shin Hyung-gwan, who is in charge of the company’s music content business, said in a press release. “We will take a step forward this year to revitalize cultural exchanges between Korea and Japan.”