Volume 7 Issue 1
January 2020
Happy New Year from JITTI USA!

Whether you started the new year with a countdown and fireworks, or a visit to your local shrine, we hope that your 2020 will be an auspicious one.

We look forward to what this year will bring, and thank you for your continued support!
 Upcoming Events:

Save the Date

March 24th, 2020

2020 Safety Symposium

proudly hosted by
3:00- 6:00 PM
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, DC
Cherry blossom themed reception following
Exhibitions & Displays from Train Operators
Introducing Our New President
Tetsuya Okuda
We are pleased to introduce Mr. Tetsuya Okuda, who became President of JITTI USA in November of 2019.

Mr. Okuda has had a long and prestigious career at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan including serving as Director-General of the Road Transport Bureau and Railway Bureau.
His past international experience includes years spent at the London Office of the Japan National Tourism Organization where he served as Executive Director.

We are grateful for his past leadership, and the strengths that he brings to our organization.

In This Issue
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Discover details of JITTI USA's upcoming official National Cherry Blossom Festival participating event, and learn more about those we've recently hosted.
Feature Article:

With the increasing accessibility and prevalence of drones and other unmanned aircraft systems in the private and public sector, JITTI USA aviation expert, Shinichi Yamada, explains Japan's legal policies.
Cultural Article:

Celebrating Japan's biggest holiday, the New Year, means not only count-downs and fireworks, but feasts and happy bellies too. JITTI USA staff member, Shuntaro Okimoto introduces Osechi, or traditional foods only eaten during the start of the year.
Articles of Note:
Final Thoughts
Thank you for reading the JITTI Journal.
Until the next issue, whatever your mode, travel safely! 
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The JITTI Journal is a bimonthly publication of the Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA), in which JITTI USA shares information on transport and tourism developments in Japan and elsewhere, as well as recent JITTI USA programs. As a supplement to our regular events, we hope that the Journal likewise serves as a resource for the transport and tourism communities.