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 

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.

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

  • Institute for Transportation Policy Studies (ITPS), Japan

  • Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)

Supported by The Nippon Foundation

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., NCDOT, AASHTO

  • Arthur L. Guzzetti, APTA

  •  Manmohan Parkash

    • Principal Transport Specialist, Asian Development Bank

  • Makoto Washizu

    • President, JITI

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