Volume 11 Issue 2

March 2024


We hope you can join us for the Rail Symposium 2024, co-hosted by JITTI and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) on

April 11th at the Ronald Reagan Building or online!

Don't miss out- Registration is only open until April 5th (next Friday).

Thank you for all of your support!

Upcoming Event

The business environment surrounding passenger rail has changed dramatically globally since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Currently, demand for passenger rail has not returned to pre-pandemic levels with the diversification of work styles, including more remote work.

At the same time, we have witnessed significant milestones for this industry in the past few years in both Japan and the U.S.

This symposium aims to present and discuss how the value of passenger rail is being articulated and measured in both countries, reaffirming the social and economic role that passenger rail plays by connecting cities and enhancing their attractiveness and resilience.

Thursday, April 11th

3:00- 6:00 PM

(Followed by a Reception)

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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In This Issue

Feature Article:

Toward the Spread and Expansion of Sports Culture Tourism

by Hirokazu Nishikawa

In Japan, there is a movement to promote sports culture tourism, an exciting trend of linking sporting events with cultural traditions and art. With regions and events hoping to attract locals and international guests alike, learn which proposals the Japanese government has favored for this year's Sports Tourism Awards.

Cultural Article:

Hina Hanging Decoration Festival in Izu Inatori

by Tomomi Dodd

Every March 3rd, people in Japan celebrate girls in a festival called Hinamatsuri. Typically, families put out doll sets (Hina-ningyo) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. This article introduces Izu Inatori's unique style in observing this holiday.

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New Published Research

JITTI USA analysts produce reports on timely US-Japan transportation and tourism issues. These reports are now published in English on our website! Why not check them out?

Recent publication topics include:

Read the Reports

Articles of Note:

Japan to take another shot at a homegrown airliner, eyeing hydrogen

Test runs of first hydrogen hybrid train in nation chugging along

US Navy Looking to S. Korean, Japanese Shipbuilders to Revive American Shipyards

Japan's Mount Fuji to Implement Visitor Cap, Fees for Climbers

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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.