Volume 10 Issue 2

March 2023

Symposium Highlights

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our U.S.-Japan International Exchange and Tourism Symposium held last week. Please enjoy this highlight reel from the event. If you missed it, no need to worry!

We have the complete videos up on our YouTube page.

We hope to share upcoming event information again soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this cherry blossom season!

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In This Issue

Feature Article:

The Latest Trends in Japan's Railroad Business: Management Strategies to Strengthen the

"De-rail" Business

by Akito Okabe

With the pandemic drastically changing ridership patterns, perhaps permanently, railroads in Japan are turning to other sources of revenue. These are some of their creative ventures.

Cultural Article:

Do You Know “YO-KAI?”

by Daisuke Komatsu

Are they friendly, spooky, or here for a little bit of mischievous fun? Yo-kai, which include monsters and other supernatural phenomena, play an important role in Japanese culture.

Perhaps you should read about them, or Namahage (demons) will come get you!

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Articles of Note:

Flying car has first test flight in aiming for use at ’25 Osaka Expo

UPS Launches Regular Intl Cargo Service at Airport in Kyushu

Japan, U.S. Conduct Joint Exercise in the Sea of Japan

12 Years Since Great East Japan Earthquake / Post-disaster Shift from Railways to Express Buses in Gear, but Potholes Remain

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The JITTI Journal is a bimonthly publication of the Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA), in which JITTI USA shares information on transport and tourism developments in Japan and elsewhere, as well as recent JITTI USA programs. As a supplement to our regular events, we hope that the Journal likewise serves as a resource for the transport and tourism communities.