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High Speed Rail Seminar in Chicago


June 28, 2010 

Union League Club of Chicago 
65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL

Presented by: 


Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan

Institution for Transport Policy Studies (ITPS), Japan

Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)

Council for Global Promotion of Railway, Japan

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) 

Seminar Program


Seminar Overview

In January 2010, President Obama announced an allocation of $8 billion granted as federal funds to help turn the U.S. vision of high speed rail (HSR) into reality.  The distributed funds will be used for the development of HSR which has proven to be an effective, energy-efficient way to move large numbers of people quickly over long distances.  The goal of this seminar in Chicago is to demonstrate Japan’s 45 years of experience in HSR operation and contribute toward developing HSR network projects in the Midwest region as well as other regions in the U.S.  In this half day seminar, leaders in the Japanese transportation field will introduce technology and operational experience about HSR. Topics also include a finance scheme for introducing HSR systems to the U.S. as well as economic benefits derived from HSR, such as job creation and regional development.

Opening Remarks

Seiji Maehara

Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Ichiro Fujisaki

Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Satoshi Seino

President and CEO, East Japan Railway Company, Deputy Chairman, Council for Global Promotion of Railway 

Jiro Hanyu

Chairman, ITPS 

Keynote Speeches

Governor Patrick Joseph “Pat” Quinn III

State of Illinois

(Secretary Gary Hannig, Illinois DOT, representing Governor Quinn) 

Mayor Richard M. Daley

City of Chicago

(Commissioner Bobby L. Ware, CDOT, representing Mayor Daley) ​

U.S. Congressman Daniel Lipinski

Illinois 3rd District 

State Representative Elaine Nekritz

Illinois 57th District

Richard Harnish

Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association


Yuki Tanaka

Director, International Affairs Office, JITI  

Satoshi Seino

President and CEO, East Japan Railway Company  

Hiromasa Tanaka

​Senior Advisor, Central Japan Railway Company  

Maurice Andriani

Senior Manager, Aftermarket and Special Projects, Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc

Yasuhiko Mochizuki

President, Nippon Sharyo U.S.A., Inc.   

Robert E. Galbraith, II

Director, Marketing, Transportation Systems Division, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.   

Kyle D. Kem

Vice President, Toshiba International Corporation    

Closing Remarks

Makoto Washizu

President, JITI 


Panel displays & DVD presentations on Japanese HSR


[Railway Operators]

East Japan Railway Company  

Central Japan Railway Company


Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.  

Nippon Sharyo, Ltd. /Sumitomo Corporation   

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation   

Toshiba Corporation  

Fuji Electric Systems Co., Ltd.   

Hitachi, Ltd.   

KYB Corporation   

Nabtesco Corporation    

NTN Corporation   

Sumitomo Metals

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