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Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Awards


The Japan Tourism Agency has presented the first Commissioner Awards to individuals and organizations that, in the past have made outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of Japan’s inbound tourism.  The winners were selected by a special committee, and the award ceremony was held on the 14th of December, 2009 in Japan.  One of the 13 winners is a US Tour operator - Supernet Tour and Travel (also known as Signet Tours and Super Value Tours).

The following is the list of 13 winners:

Inbound Tourism Promotion (inside Japan)
Mr. Masashi Kawashima (Japan)
Mr. Masao Kosuge (Japan)
Mr. Kentaro Nakaya (Japan)
Mr. Takeshi Fukuzawa (Japan)

Inbound Tourism Promotion (outside Japan)
Mr. Suk Ho Lee (Korea)
Ms. Catherine Oden (France)
Supernet Tour and Travel (United States)
Hello Kitty (Japan)

Inbound Tourism Promotion via Cultural activities, Entertainment, or Traditional Crafts
Mr. Feng Xiao Gang (China)

Management of Tourism-Related Business
Mr. Masayuki Ōnishi (Japan)

Hospitality, Talent Cultivation
Ms. Keiko Iwama (Japan)

Special Awards
Ms. Yoshino Kimura (Japan)
Mr. Hiroshi Suda (Japan)

Congratulations to all winners and we look forward to more winners from the U.S. in the future!

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