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Senior Representative/ Senior Research Fellow


Kazuya Fukuhara

Expertise:  Aviation, Tourism

After graduating from Keio University's Faculty of Business and Commerce, he joined the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and then engaged in planning systems and policies related to aviation, building standards, expressways, tourism, maritime security, etc. Furthermore, he also belongs to the policy and international divisions at the Ministry, and is involved in government-wide policy planning, response to economic security legislation, and overseas infrastructure development.

In 2015, he received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.

Research Fellow

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Shinichiro Tsuri

Expertise:  Aviation (Type certification of aircraft, type/specification approval of components, personnel licensing, flight standards, etc.)

Since joining the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, he has focused on technical safety administration at the Civil Aviation Bureau, and also worked at the Road Transport Bureau as well as studied abroad at a Graduate School of Public Policy in the United States.

At JITTI USA, he is engaged in research in the field of aviation technology.

Research Fellow


Expertise:  Tourism (Human Resource Development)

Hirokazu Nishikawa

After graduating from Osaka University’s Faculty of Foreign Studies, he joined the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, where he served as an attaché to the Tourism Agency Counselor.  In this role, he engaged in work related to tourism human resources policy.

Research Fellow


Expertise:  Urban Transportation/Regional Transportation

Akito Okabe

Upon joining Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd., he worked on budget formulation/management and tax affairs in the finance department. Following this, he worked in the business administration department, where he was involved in developing business strategies, including formulating medium-term business plans.

Research Fellow

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Expertise:  Maritime, Security

Daisuke Komatsu

Since joining the Japan Coast Guard, he has been involved in various administrations related to regulation, security, international cooperation, and navigation safety operations. He was also seconded to the Minister's Secretariat at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Additionally, he earned his MALD (Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, augmenting his professional experience with an international academic perspective.

Research Fellow

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Expertise:  Aviation, Tourism

Tetsuhiro Hagiwara

Since joining Narita International Airport Co., Ltd., he has been involved in organization, advertising management, passenger terminal building fare formulation and operation management, business jet terminal operation management, overseas airport operation business, etc., including being seconded to All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Director of Communications and Operations

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Mamiko Kim

Prior to joining JITTI USA, Mamiko worked in Ehime Prefecture on the JET Program, where she passed the JLPT N2.  At JITTI USA, her work has entailed office administration and accounting, and now has greater focus on event logistics, authoring official communications, translation work, etc.

Mamiko has a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Smith College and a Masters in Education from the College of William and Mary.

Office Manager

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Tomomi Dodd

Tomomi Dodd graduated from an American university and has been working for international companies. Dodd joined JITTI as an administrative assistant in October 2018. 

Administrative Assistant

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Suzannah Nevas

After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in East Asian Studies, Suzannah spent two years in Hyogo Prefecture on the JET Program. She subsequently returned to the U.S. and gained work experience in the fields of education, accounting and office administration. She has been a member of the JITTI staff since 2021.

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