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New Opportunities for the Hokuriku Region:
Impact of Japan's Newest High Speed Rail 


May 20, 2014

Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan
1150 18th Street, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, D.C.


Embassy of Japan
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
Japan International Transport Institute, USA (JITI)

Japan is the birthplace of high speed rail. Since its first opening in 1964, 50 years ago, Japan has continued to innovate advances in high speed rail to make it one of the fastest, most reliable, and safest forms of transportation in the world. Japan is ready to share this cutting-edge technology and business experience with the United States.

Japan is preparing to open yet another high speed rail line, namely the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which will shorten the travel time between Tokyo and the Hokuriku region by an hour and a half, nearly halving it. Opening in early 2015, this new line will generate enormous opportunities for economic growth in the region. The potential for tourism stands out.

To commemorate this special occasion, our distinguished speakers will discuss the technology, economics, and on-board experience associated with Japanese Shinkansen.

The event will also highlight the attractions of the Hokuriku region as a tourist destination. The area is a gold mine of amazing traditional handicrafts and a source for fresh locally grown ingredients and seafood.


Opening Remarks

Kanji Yamanouchi

Minister, Embassy of Japan

Keynote Speeches

Hitoshi Saimyo 

Executive Director, New York Office, Japan Railways Group

John Tedford

Travel Information Manager, New York Office, Japan Railways Group

Geraldine Gardner

Director, Urban and Regional Policy, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Yuki Tanaka

Executive Director, New York Office, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)


Welcome Remarks

Izumi Tokunaga

Director-General, Hokuriku-Shin'etsu District Transport Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan


Exhibits on Japan's appeal as a tourist destination and on the nation's high speed rail system.

Supported By

Niigata Prefecture

Toyama Prefecture

Ishikawa Prefecture

City of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture

City of Himi, Toyama Prefecture

City of Sado, Niigata Prefecture


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