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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


Virtually hosted in English and Japanese

An Official


Participating Event



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


Masafumi Shukuri

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

Chairman, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)

Greetings by Guest of Honor


Koji Tomita

Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Keynote Speeches


J. Thomas Schieffer

Former Ambassador of the United States to Japan


Takashi Shiraishi

Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto

Former President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies



Kent Calder

Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies


Satoshi Seino

President, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

Panel Discussion



Curt Cottle

Senior Policy Analyst, National Travel and Tourism Office, U.S. Department of Commerce

Koichi Ai

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

Kazuyo Kato

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



Kent Calder, Director

Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

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