Volume 9 Issue 5

September 2022

What Japan's Sports Day is Like / "Undokai"

Have you noticed a shift to cooler weather in your area?

In Japan, this time of year marks the start of autumn, and the mild temperatures are perfect for outdoor activities. In addition to Sports Day, a public holiday held annually on the second Monday in October, many schools also host their sports festivals around this time. Relay races, dancing, and tug of war all make an appearance at the event.

In the USA, sports fans can also enjoy an eventful month. The MLB World Series playoffs begin, American football games are in full swing, and the NBA and NHL seasons start in October.

Whether an avid athlete or casual observer, we hope you enjoy the sport of your choice this Fall.

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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:

  • Event Report: APTA Rail Conference 2022

  • Consideration Status of Expanding BVLOS Unmanned Aircraft System Operations
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In This Issue

Feature Article:

EXPO 2025: Osaka, Kansai, Japan

by Hirokazu Nishikawa

Exciting new developments are in the works as Japan prepares for the 2025 Expo. With "Society 5.0" featured largely throughout the event, read how Japan expects and hopes to build a greater and more modern globally-connected society.

(hint: flying cars play a part)

Cultural Article:

Unique Vending Machines in Japan

by Akito Okabe

Convenient, Cheap, Nearby. Japan's vending machines provide optimal service while selling practically anything you could want... we mean it. Read on to discover some unusual items found only in vending machines in Japan and other trivia of what makes them so unique.

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Articles of Note:

Japan's travel and retail sectors buoyed by border reopening plan

Travel subsidy to be reinstated to get public traveling again

From the Jet to the Car: Honda’s New End-to-End Service Combines Air and Ground Transportation

Change of schedule: bus stops across Japan go ‘smart’

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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.