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Cherry Blossom Festival Special Symposium on Tourism to Japan


March 23, 2012

The Washington Post Conference Center
1150 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 


Ministry of Land, Infrastracture, Transport and Tourism of Japan

Japan Tourism Agency

Embassy of Japan

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

2012 marks the centennial of Japan's gift of the cherry blossom trees to Washington, DC. To commemorate this very special occasion, a symposium on tourism to Japan will be held. March 2012 also marks the one year anniversary of the tragic Great East Japan Earthquake. This symposium will be an occasion to highlight Japan's recovery efforts.

Opening Remarks

Ryoichi Matsuyama

President, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

Keynote Speeches

Irene Hirano Inouye

President, U.S.-Japan Council

Ichiro Fujisaki

Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America

 Thomas R. Nides

Deputy Secretary of State

 Takashi Kitamura

Vice Minister for Transport, Tourism and International Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan


(1) U.S. Viewpoints

Vinay Dube

Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Delta Air Lines

Michael Yamashita

National Geographic Photographer

Kenneth Kiesnoski

Editor, Destinations & Special Supplements, Travel Weekly

(2) Japanese Viewpoints

Takao Nishiyama

Executive Director, New York Office, Japan Railways Group

Nobuo Hashimoto

General Manager of Market Department, Railway Operations Headquarters, West Japan Railway Company

Junichi Hidaka

Director, Deputy Director General of Railway Operations Headquarters, General Manager of Transportation Department, Kyushu Railway Company

Closing Remarks

Makoto Washizu

President, Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)


Exhibits on Japan's attraction as tourist destinations, with introduction of Japanese high speed rail system

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