High Speed Rail Forum - California 
Sharing 50 Years Experience of the Shinkansen

April 30, 2015 

The Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA


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

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA)

Japan Railway Technical Service (JARTS)

Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)



High Speed Rail (HSR) has attracted worldwide attention as an environmentally friendly mass transportation system. HSR projects have been planned or carried out in many countries, including the United States of America.

The purpose of this seminar is to demonstrate how Japan's 50 years of experience in HSR operations can contribute to the development of HSR projects in the USA, and also to enhance partnerships in the railway field between the USA and Japan.


In this seminar, leaders in the field of transportation from Japan will introduce operational experiences and measures related to safety about HSR. The topics of the seminar will also cover social and economic benefits derived from the HSR, such as regional development.



Attendees Included:

Shinzo Abe

Opening Remarks

Keisuke Suzuki

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Government of Japan

Keynote Speech

Dan Richard

Chairman of the Board of California High Speed Rail Authority, California Government


Kozo Fujita 

Director General, Railway Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

"High Speed Rail & Shinkansen" 

Rod Diridon, Sr.

Emeritus Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute

"The Necessity of High Speed Rail in the United States of America"

Masaki Ogata

Vice Chairman of East Japan Railway Company

"Features and Crucial Concepts of HSR"


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