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U.S.-Japan International Exchange and Tourism Symposium 2023

Rebuilding and Strengthening Exchange and Tourism Between the U.S. and Japan Post-COVID

Thursday, March 23rd

3:00- 6:00 PM

(Reception to Follow)

A Free Hybrid Event:

Willard InterContinental Hotel

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Virtually hosted in English and Japanese

An Official

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Participating Event

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 19th

Overview

 

Relations between the U.S. and Japan have been supported by multi-layered and extensive people-to-people exchanges, including business, academic, cultural, educational, and tourism activities, with diplomacy and national security at the forefront. However, these people-to-people exchanges were severely constrained by the pandemic.

 

In addition, including recent events of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine and China’s hegemonic movements, such as its aggressive maritime expansion, the international situation has changed rapidly, making it vital to develop and evolve U.S.-Japan relations.  Last December, we held the first JTTRI-JITTI Global Seminar "The Rapidly Changing Post-Pandemic World Order and the New Japan-U.S. Relations Hereafter,” inviting former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Ambassador Richard Armitage and former Japan’s Secretary General of National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi, both of whom are prominent experts on diplomacy and national security from the U.S. and Japan, connecting the two countries online.

 

Therefore, as a continuation of the Global Seminar, our symposium theme is multilayered and extensive people-to-people exchanges, which is an important perspective for building a new dimension of U.S.-Japan relations. The seminar aims to reconsider the significance of, and rebuild and strengthen, U.S.-Japan people-to-people exchanges to a new and higher dimension post-COVID.  This hybrid symposium will be held virtually and in-person in Washington D.C., and has invited speakers who are knowledgeable about U.S.-Japan relations, international people-to-people exchange, and tourism.

Opening Remarks

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Masafumi Shukuri

Chairman, Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI)

Chairman, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)

Greetings by Guest of Honor

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Koji Tomita

Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Keynote Speeches

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J. Thomas Schieffer

Former Ambassador of the United States to Japan

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Takashi Shiraishi

Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto

Former President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Lectures

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Kent Calder

Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

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Satoshi Seino

President, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

Panel Discussion

Panelists

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Mark Keam

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism, Industry and Analysis,

United States Department of Commerce

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Koichi Ai

Minister (General Affairs, Public Information and Culture), Embassy of Japan in the U.S.

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Kazuyo Kato

Executive Director, Japan Center for International Exchange, USA (JCIE USA)

Moderator

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Kent Calder, Director

Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Thursday, March 23rd

3:00- 6:00 PM

(Reception to Follow)

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 19th

Willard InterContinental Hotel

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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