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by Matt Alderton | July 23, 2012
Yokohama — Japan's second-largest city, located 30 minutes outside of Tokyo — has been selected as the site of the 9th International Orthodontic Congress, taking place in October 2020, the Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau recently announced. The meeting, known as IOC2020, is the largest convention Yokohama has attracted since the Japanese earthquake of March 2011.

Organized by the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO), IOC2020 is expected to attract 6,000 participants — including 2,000 international attendees — to the PACIFICO Yokohama, which is Japan's largest convention complex.

"The Japanese Orthodontic Society believes that holding the [IOC2020] in Japan will be a great opportunity for all orthodontists to share the research findings and treatment practices that the Japanese orthodontic community has accumulated over the years, while deepening ties between orthodontics and other related domains worldwide so that our area of specialization can further develop as an important pillar of health science," said Dr. Keiji Moriyama, chair of the IOC2020 organizing committee and managing director of the Japanese Orthodontic Society, which will host the convention. "We also believe that gathering orthodontists and dental care professionals from around the world, who will bring with them their expertise, experience and wisdom, will be of particular significance in expanding and supporting the need for orthodontic care that is rapidly growing throughout the world, but particularly in Asia.

Yokohama was selected from a pool of seven bids; it was chosen over Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Amman, Jordan; Beijing, China; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rome, Italy; and Seoul, South Korea.

"We hope that the 9th IOC will provide participants the opportunity to discover and appreciate Japanese culture, tradition and natural beauty," Moriyama continued. "I would like to impress upon you that the Japanese orthodontic and dental community, the Japanese government, the city of Yokohama and other parties concerned are solidly united in our determination to welcome Congress participants and their guests in the best possible manner."