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A day at Japan's biggest tech show

Swimming in Japanese electronics at CEATEC 2013

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CEATEC, or Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies in its long form, is Japan's biggest consumer electronics show. Held at Chiba's gargantuan Makuhari Messe convention center — the same stage occupied by the Tokyo Game Show two weeks previously — it's where Japanese companies come together in an effort to demonstrate the country's sustained potency in the global technology arena.

Unfortunately, little in the way of major news breaks at the show, and companies from sectors such as photography and gaming — where Japanese hardware remains dominant — are virtually absent. Products on show have mostly been announced at larger events elsewhere like IFA, and big names from other countries tend to stay away.

But as a snapshot of where Japan stands in the technology world today, it's hard to beat. Take a look for yourselves.

Photos from CEATEC 2013


Sony CEO Kaz Hirai fields questions from reporters on the show floor.