Cherry Blossom Festival Special Symposium on Tourism to Japan [March 23, 2012]

Friday, March 23, 2012

Symposium 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
A reception to follow

The Washington Post Conference Center
1150 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20071


PURPOSE:

2012 marks the centennial of Japan's gift of the cherry blossom trees to Washington, DC. To commemorate this very special occasion, a symposium on tourism to Japan will be held. March 2012 also marks the one year anniversary of the tragic Grear East Japan Earthquake. This symposium will be an occasion to highlight Japan's recovery efforts.


CO-HOSTED BY:

- Ministry of Land, Infrastracture, Transport and Tourism of Japan
- Japan Tourism Agency
- Embassy of Japan
- Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

AGENDA:
1. OPENING REMARKS
- Ryoichi Matsuyama, President, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
 Bio

2. KEYNOTE SPEECHES
- Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
 Bio
 Presentation

- Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America
 Bio

- Thomas R. Nides, Deputy Secretary of State
 Bio

- Takashi Kitamura, Vice Minister for Transport, Tourism and International Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan
 Bio

3. JAPAN'S ATTRACTION
(1) U.S. Viewpoints
- Vinay Dube, Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Delta Air Lines
 Bio

- Michael Yamashita, National Geographic Photographer
 Bio
 Presentation

- Kenneth Kiesnoski, Editor, Destinations & Special Supplements, Travel Weekly
 Bio

(2) Japanese Viewpoints
- Takao Nishiyama, Executive Director, New York Office, Japan Railways Group
 Bio
 Presentation

- Nobuo Hashimoto, General Manager of Market Department, Railway Operations Headquarters, West Japan Railway Company
 Bio
 Presentation

- Junichi Hidaka, Director, Deputy Director General of Railway Operations Headquarters, General Manager of Transportation Department, Kyushu Railway Company
 Bio
 Presentation

4. CLOSING REMARKS
- Makoto Washizu, President, Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)
 Bio

EXHIBITION
- Exhibits on Japan's attraction as tourist destinations, with introduction of Japanese high speed rail system

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