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New Executive Director of JNTO Los Angeles

New York, NY, August 29: The Los Angeles office of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is pleased to announce the arrival of its newest Executive Director, Daisuke Tonai. He replaces former Executive Director Hidenao Takizawa, who has returned to Japan and continues to work at JNTO Headquarters in Tokyo.

Mr. Tonai is no stranger to the Tourism Industry. His tenure marks the second time he has worked for the LA JNTO Office, where he previously served as a Director from 2001 until 2005. He admits that the challenges facing Japan tourism in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami are much bigger than they were the last time he was in LA, saying, "The most important task is to make sure travelers have access to accurate, up-to-date information about where travel is safe, so that they can feel at ease." In spite of the challenge, the Fukuoka native is looking forward to helping Americans experience Japan firsthand. "There's a lot of diversity in what Japan has to offer," says Tonai. "Sharing those facets of Japan with people in the USA - to see them enjoy the kind of hospitality that I grew up with - is what makes this job so rewarding."

A graduate of Sophia University in central Tokyo, Mr. Tonai has been with the JNTO for over 18 years. During his time with the JNTO, he has been a part of numerous projects for almost every division of the organization, including Conventions, Administration, International Promotions and Corporate Planning. For his new appointment in Los Angeles, he is joined by his wife and two young sons; the family is currently moving into a new home in LA's South Bay area. "It's nice to be back and see how LA has changed through the years," says Tonai. "I'm looking forward to catching up, exploring the area again, and reconnecting with our partners in the travel industry."

For more information, contact:
Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager

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