First day attendance at Macworld Expo Tokyo 2002 was slightly up on last year's figures, show organizers have revealed.

A total of 53,766 people entered the exhibition yesterday, said Kimiko Niwa, a spokeswoman for IDG Japan, one of the organizers in co-operation with Mainichi Communications and The Nihon Kogyo Shimbun.

Fine weather and a Japanese public holiday helped push the number of first day visitors past last year's total of 52,313 people. The organizers expect a total of 180,000 people to visit the expo during its three-day run.

Among the exhibition attendees, around 6,000 people also attended a keynote address given by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs used the keynote to announce up to a £100 mark-up on the price of the new iMac due to rapidly climbing component prices.

The CEO also announced a new 10GB iPod, a selection of software updates and the introduction of Bluetooth connectivity for Macintosh.

Macworld Tokyo 2002 continues until Saturday, March 23 at Tokyo Big Sight.