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JITI 2010 High Speed Rail Seminar

Mobilizing a New Generation


January 21, 2010

The St. Regis Hotel 
923 16th and K Streets, NW Washington, DC 


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

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan

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

Institute for Transportation Policy Studies (ITPS), Japan

Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)

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Seminar Overview

In 2009, as part of the stimulus package, President Obama dedicated eight billion dollars to help turn the U.S. vision of high speed rail (HSR) into reality. HSR is proven to be an effective, energy-efficient way to move large numbers of people quickly over long distances. In addition, HSR can reduce travel times, highway and airport congestion,and pollution ― all while creating tens of thousands of jobs.

“High speed rail is a smart transportation system equal to the needs of the 21st Century”
President Obama, April 2009

Sharing Expertise

With nearly 50 years of experience, HSR is well established in Japan, and is a way of life for many. Leaders in the Japanese transportation industry and government will share valuable insights about HSR in this half day seminar. Topics include how a HSR system fits into an American context, the economic and environmental benefits, as well as some specific concepts for introducing HSR systems to the U.S. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of America's new era in transportation.

Opening Remarks

Sumio Mabuchi

Senior Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Jiro Hanyu

President, ITPS

Guest Speakers

Secretary Ray LaHood

U.S. Department of Transportation

Congressman James L. Oberstar

Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Congressman John L. Mica

Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Congresswoman Corrine Brown

Chairman of the Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials

Secretary Eugene A. Conti, Jr.

North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rail Transportation, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Arthur L. Guzzetti

Vice President - Policy, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) 


Lee Schipper

Project Scientist, Global Metropolitan Studies, University of California, Berkeley​

Yuki Tanaka

Director, International Affairs Office, JITI

Akira Yonezawa

Deputy Director-General for Engineering Affairs, Railway Bureau, MLIT

Satoshi Seino

President and CEO, East Japan Railway Company

 Tsutomu Morimura

Senior Executive Director and Director General of the General Technology Division, Central Japan Railway Company

 Masashi Ishizuka

Associate Officer and General Manager, Project Management Division, Rolling Stock Company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Panel Discussion

Louis S. Thompson

Principal, Thompson, Galenson and Associates (Moderator)

Secretary Eugene A. Conti, Jr.


Arthur L. Guzzetti


 Manmohan Parkash

Principal Transport Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Closing Remarks

Makoto Washizu

President, JITI

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