President's

Message

Tetsuya Okuda

President, Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA

Hello and welcome to the website of the Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA)!  I am delighted that you have taken an interest in our organization and that you would like to learn more.  Our organization began with such individuals as yourselves- with those who strove to discover all that they could, sought ways to make connections, and looked to help their local communities and others.  At JITTI USA, we recognize that transport and tourism are an especially vital means to make a difference, as not only do they impact local policies and social customs, but also global relationships.  We strive in our research to learn about contemporary transport and tourism issues and make recommendations of beneficial policy and social changes to the Japanese, American, and international communities at our events and in our publications.

I encourage you to explore our website further to find out more, and hope to see you soon at one of our functions, which are opportunities for international communication, and remain free and open to the public.  Till then, I wish you well.

About Mr. Okuda

Tetsuya Okuda was appointed in November 2019 as the President of the Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA), which was established by the Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI).

His experience in the field of transport is over 30 years and, prior to taking this appointment, he held the position of the Director-General of the Road Transport Bureau, and the Director-General of the Railway Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan.  

Mr. Okuda entered the service of the Ministry of Transport (presently MLIT) in 1984 and has held many important positions since then. He worked as the Private Secretary to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Director-General of the Aviation Network Department in the Civil Aviation Bureau, and the Deputy Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination in the Minister's Secretariat.

Mr. Okuda’s career also includes being the Executive Director of the Japan National Tourism Organization’s (JNTO) London Office from 2006 to 2008.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Tokyo in 1984. 

The Japan International Transport  and Tourism Institute, USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Donations are welcome.  All donations to our organization are tax-deductible within the limits of the law and will be used to fund our research initiatives and public education seminars. For more information, please visit our About JITTI page.