High Speed Rail Seminar in California


January 14, 2011

The Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
251 South Olive St., LA, CA


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 (now JTTRI)

Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)

Council for Global Promotion of Railway, Japan

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) 

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, to which $2.4 billion were added in October, 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 Los Angeles is to demonstrate how Japan’s 46 years of experience in HSR operation can contribute toward developing HSR network projects in California. In this half day seminar, leaders in the Japanese transportation field will introduce technology and operational experience about HSR. Topics also include a financial scheme for introducing HSR systems to the U.S. as well as economic benefits derived from HSR, such as job creation and regional development.

Seminar Program



Panel displays & DVD presentations on Japanese HSR

Opening Remarks

Sumio Mabuchi

Minister, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

(Vice-Minister Masafumi Shukuri, MLIT, representing Minister Mabuchi)

Ichiro Fujisaki

Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Satoshi Seino

Acting Chairman, Council for Global Promotion of Railway and President/ CEO, JR-East 

Kenichi Fukaya

Vice-Chairman, ITPS

Keynote Remarks

Norman Y. Mineta

Former Secretary of Transportation and Vice Chairman, Hill & Knowlton

Antonio Villaraigosa

Mayor, Los Angeles

Jim Costa

U.S. Congressman, California 20th District

Laura Richardson

U.S. Congresswoman, California 37th District

Fiona Ma

State Assembly member, Speaker pro tempore, California 12th District

Cathleen Galgiani

State Assembly member, California 17th District

Warren Furutani

State Assembly member, California 55th District

Roelof van Ark

CEO, California High-Speed Rail Authority 


Yuki Tanaka

Director, International Affairs Office, JITI

"Regional Developments through HSR Projects"

Satoshi Seino

President and CEO, East Japan Railway Company (JR-East)

"Operator Proposal: Realization of the HSR Project and Maximization of its Economic Impact"

Tsutomu Morimura

Senior Executive Director, Central Japan Railway Company (JR-Central)

"Introduction of Safe and Efficient N700-I bullet System, and Countermeasures against Derailment during Earthquake"

Toshihiko Aoyagi

Director General, Railway Operations HQ, Kyushu Railway Company (JR-Kyushu)

"Efforts to Maximize the Effects of HSR"

Yoshinori Kanehana

Executive Officer/VP, Rolling Stock Company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

"Railcar Manufacturer Proposals: High Speed Train Technology and Contributions to the US Society"

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