Volume 8 Issue 1
January 2021
Happy New Year!

There is comfort in traditions, on both a global scale, with nation's around the world marking the new year with fireworks, and more personal ones that differ from family to family. In Japan, the New Year brings about the familiar taste and smells of symbolic and time-honored dishes. While each household has their own family recipes and opinions on what should be included, there is a shared experience of enjoying food that offer well-wishes for the future.

While pandemic restrictions have tampered typical festivities, with travel and interactions limited, the food prepared this year continues to carry the traditional meanings, of hope for long, well-lived lives and aspirations of happiness. Whatever your nationality or background, we wish for these hopes to come true for you and yours in 2021.
New Published Research
JITTI USA analysts produce reports on timely US-Japan transportation and tourism issues. These reports are now published in English on our website! Why not check them out?

Recent publication topics include:
  • 2020 Travel Trends

  • Part One of a Review of Mobility on Demand in New York

  • FAA Guidance on the Boeing 737 MAX
In This Issue
Feature Article:

In response to a historic year, Japan's budget reflects the challenge to address difficulties of the previous year, along with hopes for a better future.
Cultural Article:

Shodo, Japanese calligraphy, has long been a traditional Japanese activity in the new year. Both relaxing and purposeful, perhaps it is something you may like to add to your traditions too.
Articles of Note:
Final Thoughts
Thank you for reading the JITTI Journal.
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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.