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Silk Road-Tokyo Forum on Cultural Tourism Held

Silk Road-Tokyo Forum on Cultural Tourism Held

On July 27, 2015, a Silk Road-Tokyo Forum on Cultural Tourism was held at Toyo University Hakusan Campus, located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, on the initiative of the Japan Uzbekistan Silk Road Foundation in cooperation with Toyo University.

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This was an omnibus talk event, in which 15 panelists were allotted 12 minutes each to speak about the attractiveness of cultural tourism along the Silk Road, from Japan through Central Asia to Europe.

Forum Theme: Discovery of the New Attractiveness of the Silk Road —Japan through Central Asia to Europe—

  1. Liang Chunxiang, Professor at the Department of International Tourism Studies, Faculty of Regional Development Studies, Toyo University
    Silk Road as a Tourist Destination for Japanese People

  2. Akihiro Shugo, Representative Director of Halal Media Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inbound Tourism to Japan and Halal Food: Listening to opinions on the ground

  3. Noriko Yagasaki, Associate Professor at the Department of International Tourism Studies, Faculty of Regional Development Studies, Toyo University
    On Inbound Tourism Policies in Japan

  4. Shin Kikuchi, Manager of the Exchange Promotion Section, Higashikawa Town, Hokkaido
    Exchange between Higashikawa Town in Hokkaido and Uzbekistan

  5. Narumitsu Hayashi, Manager of the Tourism Promotion Section, Nara Prefecture
    Appeal of Nara Prefecture as the Terminus of the Silk Road

  6. Missa Johnouchi, Musician, Specially Appointed Professor at Toho Junior College of Music, and UNESCO Artist for Peace
    Nostalgia for the Silk Road: Instruments go travelling

  7. Bakhriddinov Mansur, Representative Director of the Japan Uzbekistan Silk Road Foundation
    Toward the 10th Anniversary of Japan-Uzbekistan Exchange Activities in Culture and the Arts

  8. Fujiko Hasegawa, Medical Information Office at Suzuken Co., Ltd., and Pharmaceutical Advisor at Matsumoto Foundation
    From My Experience of Acting as an Member of an Official Monitoring Team for the General Election in Uzbekistan

  9. Shintaro Hori, Secretary General of the Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
    On Possibilities for Creative Tourism along the Silk Road

  10. Akira Oda, Fashion Journalist and Specially Appointed Professor at Sugino Fashion College
    21st-Century Modes and Uzbekistan

  11. Natasha Mergicheva, Assistant Manager of the Tokyo Branch, Uzbekistan Airways
    About Uzbekistan Airways

  12. Takashi Shimakawa, Associate Professor at the Department of International Tourism Studies, Faculty of Regional Development Studies, Toyo University
    Airline Strategy and Central Asia

  13. Hisashi Tanabe, Department Manager at Eurasia Travel Co., Ltd.
    Possibilities of Tourism to Central Asian Countries Represented by Uzbekistan

  14. Naoko Terada, Travel Journalist
    “Asrlar Sadosi,” which touched my heart beyond time and space

  15. Toshinobu Fujii, Professor at the Department of International Tourism Studies, Faculty of Regional Development Studies, Toyo University
    “Why not travel to Samarkand?” Possibilities of Samarkand—Revival of the Inland World—


The Japan Uzbekistan Silk Road Foundation is striving, on the basis of old-established relationships between Japan and Uzbekistan through the Silk Road, for the promotion of culture including sports, the arts, education, science and technology, and tourism; international exchange; and the encouragement of economic dialogue.


General Incorporated Foundation, the Japan Uzbekistan Silk Road Foundation