Published on : Monday, May 31, 2021
Michiaki Yamada has been appointed as the Executive Director at the New York office of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Yamada worked with the Land Price Research Division as well as the Transport Planning Division before studying abroad at the University of Michigan.
He later returned to Japan after his studies and worked with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Policy Headquarters, the Japan Tourism Agency, focusing on inbound tourism promotion, and as a Senior Deputy Director of the Urban Transport Facilities Division. Before returning to the US to become the Executive Director of the JNTO New York Office, he promoted Japan’s industrial heritage with the Cabinet Secretariat.
Mr. Yamada was born in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo and graduated from the Waseda University School of Political Science and Economics in 2003. He began his government service with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in 2006, working in a variety of positions with the Road Administration Division.
Speaking on his appointment, Mr. Yamada said it is an honour to return to the United States and be working with the JNTO New York Office. He shared that as the world embraces a new normal in a post-COVID phase, he is looking forward to work with the JNTO team to showcase and exhibit the diversity in the natural and cultural worlds of Japan to more American travellers.