Today I got an up to date contact list with people who have definitely confirmed they can come to Japan.
At the moment there are 23 of us; 3 from UK (Nicola Wood, Robin Wood and Cormac Seekings), plus 1 Belgian, 2 Swedish, and 16 German. We are the lucky ones who can underwrite our own expenses if we don't raise enough money through grants.
Sadly, Petr Růžička's group from Czechoslovakia who would like to come are not as financially secure and must obtain grants before they can book which might make their flights more expensive. The team's hewing power will be greatly depleted if they are not successful in their fund raising.
Once I have had the chance to get in touch with everyone, I will post some details about individual people and what they do.