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JITI 2013 Aviation Seminar
The Future of the U.S.-Japan Market


November 19, 2013

The Willard InterContinental Washington
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

For the United States, Japan is the fourth largest market in bilateral passenger air services. More than ten million people fly between these two countries every year.

Unfortunately, while other Asian markets, such as U.S.-China, have rapidly developed, the U.S.-Japan market experienced a downward trend during the last decade. This may reflect the difference in economic and social circumstances among the U.S.-Japan and other bilateral markets. Some might argue that the U.S.-Japan market has and will continue to exhibit relatively softer demand than in the past.

However, conditions in the U.S.-Japan market are changing. The Open Skies agreement, airport expansion in Tokyo, and recovery from the recent economic downturn in both countries and the Great East Japan Earthquake could factor in the revitalization of the market.

In this seminar, JITI’s distinguished speakers reviewed the current dynamics of the U.S.-Japan aviation market and discuss whether it can be reinvigorated, including what the key to an eventual resurgence might be.

Opening Remarks

Makoto Washizu

President JITI USA

Keynote Speeches

John Byerly

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, US State Department

Hiroshi Otsuka

Assistant Vice-Minister for International Affairs and International Aviation, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan

Timothy Liu

Senior Director of Asia Sales, Hawaiian Airlines

Yuji Hirako

Senior Vice President, The Americas, All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Buddy Anslinger

Senior Vice President, Airline Network Strategy, InterVISTAS

Special Guest Speech

Keiichi Ando 

President & CEO, New Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd.

Panel Discussion

Kenneth Button

Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

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