Japan’s Destination Marketing Panel Meeting
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Due to Japan’s growing number of foreign in-bound tourists, a panel meeting was called to discuss how to market Japan to the United States audience. In this meeting, three American university interns and Professor Tadayuki Hara were invited to our … Read More

The National Diet and Kozo Yamamoto: Strengthening Japan’s Economy
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As we were led through the halls of the National Diet, we all anxiously mused about our upcoming meeting with the former Minister of State for Regional Revitalization, Yamamoto Kozo. It would be our first time meeting such a prominent, … Read More

Interview with Visit Tohoku
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Interview with Visit Tohoku Pohan Chen(Visit Tohoku) & Michelle Alleman(Jtast) PC: I just came here four months ago, because I wanted to do something for Tohoku tourism, especially after the 2011 earthquake, because I am a licensed guide, and I think as … Read More

Interview with Kozo Yamamoto
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  Interview with Kozo Yamamoto The following interview is between Kozo Yamamoto, MBA, Member of House of Representatives of Japan, and Michelle Alleman, Intern at JTAST, Junior at University of Central Florida. The interview took place at 16:00, June 13, … Read More

【2】Ryokan Sawanoya
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  The Ryokan Sawanoya is a traditional “ryokan,” which is a style of Japanese inn that dates back to the Edo period. This hotel has been open for decades and is completely family-run. The sweetest elderly couple maintain the inn and … Read More

【1】Ryokan Sawanoya
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Hi, my name is Michelle Alleman and I am here today at the Ryokan Sawanoya, which is a traditional Japanese hotel which uses the traditional style of sleeping on tatami mats and using the same bathroom for the entire floor. … Read More