Volume 9 Issue 2
March 2022
In Tokyo, the cherry blossoms have started to bloom, marking the start of spring in Japan's capital. Upon visiting a Somei-yoshino cherry tree at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, officials from the Meteorological Agency announced on March 20 that cherry blossom season had officially begun.

Weather reports across Japan are now including cherry blossom forecasts to help viewers plan their blossom viewing parties and scenic picnics. Those of you who are in the capital of the United States can also enjoy this quintessentially Japanese experience as the cherry blossom trees are now in full bloom in Washington D.C. as well. Wherever you are, we wish you a safe, healthy and rejuvenating start of a new season.
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:

  • Overview of the CONNECT NEC (Northeast Corridor) 2035 Outline

  • Setting Long-term Decarbonization Goals in the Airport Industry
In This Issue
Feature Article:

Urban rail congestion has long been a challenge for the Japanese railroad industry. This article introduces some of the technology-based strategies being utilized to relieve rail congestion. .
Cultural Article:

This month's cultural article showcases izakaya: the Japanese-style bar. Learn about the fun, delicious, and uniquely Japanese experience that these informal bars have to offer.
Articles of Note:
Final Thoughts
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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.