The 1st World Ramen Summit
March 4–5, 1997
|Dates||March 4 (Tue)–5 (Wed), 1997|
|Venue||Hotel New Otani|
|Host||Japan Convenience Foods Industry Association|
The 1st "World Ramen Summit, Tokyo" was held at Hotel New Otani on March 4–5, 1997 and 10 representative companies from nine countries/regions overseas and Japanese makers who are members of the Japan Convenience Foods Industry Association participated in the summit.
During the summit, participants exchanged information about common environmental and technical issues surrounding the current international food "instant noodles". In addition, the IRMA (International Ramen Manufacturers Association) was established with the goal of the firm development of the instant noodles industry. The "Declaration of Tokyo", summarizing the summit, was also adopted at this time.
Mr. Koki Ando, President of Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. was elected to the Director General of the summit. Furthermore, the IRMA and its articles of association were established as well as representatives from the world made reports on instant noodles in their local markets.
Major products from each country were exhibited at the site, and rare products captured the attention of many of the participants.
Following a ceremonial photograph session of the representatives, an explanation was given regarding the details of the press release, and a question-and-answer session was conducted by the representatives.
Lectures by Mr. Yasuhiro Nakasone, former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Naomichi Ishige, Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology, and Dr. Momofuku Ando, then-President of the Japan Convenience Foods Industry Association got great attention of the audience.
A press conference was held, announcing the establishment of the IRMA with the attendance of representatives from each country, where over 100 reporters gathered. The high expectations of the IRMA were seen as many of the reporters presented questions with great interest.