The JITI Journal

Volume 6 Issue 1
January 2019
JITI Events
JTTRI・JITI / JNTO 2019 International Exchange and Tourism Seminar

The Future of the US-Japan Friendship: 
How International Exchange and Tourism are Changing Perspectives

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
3:00- 5:45 PM
reception to follow
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The US-Japan relationship is one of the most intimate relationships in the world and has deepened over time thanks to numerous initiatives. These initiatives include the 1912 gift of cherry trees from the Mayor of Tokyo to Washington D.C., and the more recent TOMODACHI Initiative which originated in response to the need for assistance after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.

For this seminar, JTTRI・JITI and JNTO is pleased to have well-known individuals and experts in international exchange and tourism between the US and Japan who will speak on the current situation and issues in their field, the many aspects of their efforts, and the measures which need to be taken to deepen international exchange, including tourism, between the US and Japan.

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Opening Remarks:
Masafumi Shukuri
Chairman, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute 

Honorable Guest Remarks:
Mr. Shinsuke Sugiyama
Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Keynote Speeches: 
Norman Mineta
Former Secretary of Transportation; President & CEO, Mineta & Associates; Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC)
Satoshi Seino
President, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

Panel Discussion:
Abigail Friedman
Founder and CEO, The Wisteria Group; Officer of the Board of Trustees, JASWDC; Haiku Poet

Takehiro Shimada
Minister, Communications and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Japan

Laura Abbot
Executive Vice President and COO, US-Japan Council

Shin Koyamada
Actor & Producer; CEO of Shinca Group; Chairman of Koyamada International Foundation (KIF); National Board of Directors of Sister Cities International (SCI)

Aaron Wodin-Schwartz
Vice President of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Brand USA
Watch more of this event's videos on our website!

JITI Disaster Prevention Workshop 2018
Strengthening Railway Countermeasures against Hurricanes and other Disasters

Large-scale water disasters caused by hurricanes, typhoons and other storms are occurring more frequently around the world with serious ramifications. They are showing an increasing tendency toward localized and concentrated heavy rain, and there are growing concerns about the intensified damage from water disasters including river flooding, inland water flooding, and storm surges. These situations are considered “a new stage” of water-related natural disasters and the direction and planning of countermeasures to them is essential.

In the United States, Hurricane Michael was the fiercest storm to hit Florida in 80 years and caused severe damage in the area in 2018. In Japan, torrential rain devastated West Japan, in areas such as Hiroshima and Okayama prefectures in 2018. Train operators completely or partially suspended operations on more than a 100 lines due to the outflow of railroad bridges and the ground under railroad tracks.
For this workshop, JITI USA invited experts on the countermeasures against hurricanes and other disasters from the U.S. and Japan to discuss the progress so far, especially milestones accomplished, as well as the future path for strengthening countermeasures against hurricanes and other disasters in the railway sector.

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Opening Remarks
Tomomi Tsuchiya
President, JITI USA​
Keynote Speeches and Panelists
Hampton H. Hart, Jr.
Deputy Director, Technological Hazards Division, FEMA
Bill Douglas
Senior Risk Analyst, Risk Management, LA Metro
Takeshi Kawagoe
Senior Chief Researcher, Head of Geology Laboratory, Disaster Prevention Technology Division, RTRI Japan