Japan Expo has previously expanded to other cities in France as Japan Expo Centre and Japan Expo Sud, and in Belgium as Japan Expo Belgium. The convention prior to the 2013 event had to change its re-entry policy due to fan feedback. Japan Expo USA expected 12,000 to 15,000 people to attend their first event, but these numbers were not reached. Friday and Sunday attendance was hurt due to school. Several dealers left early due to the lack of attendance and some who remained believed they would not make money. Food options outside of the convention center or hotel were limited. Japan Expo used barcode scanning when entering and exiting the convention to prevent badge piracy. The convention used Japan Expo France's setup with most events based around the dealers room, autograph ticketing system, and emphasis on cultural programming. The convention also set-up cosplay changing rooms. Next years dates will be shifted to avoid conflicts with school.