High Speed Rail Seminar in Chicago [June 28, 2010]

Monday, June 28, 2010

Main Seminar 1:30pm
Reception following the Main Seminar

Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604

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 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 Chicago is to demonstrate Japan’s 45 years of experience in HSR operation and contribute toward developing HSR network projects in the Midwest region as well as other regions in the U.S.  In this half day seminar, leaders in the Japanese transportation field will introduce technology and operational experience about HSR. Topics also include a finance scheme for introducing HSR systems to the U.S. as well as economic benefits derived from HSR, such as job creation and regional development.

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
 - Institution for Transport Policy Studies (ITPS), Japan
 - Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)
 - Council for Global Promotion of Railway, Japan
 - Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) 
Supported by The Nippon Foundation

Seminar Program
Main Seminar
Opening Remarks
  -Seiji Maehara, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
  -Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States
  -Satoshi Seino, President and CEO, East Japan Railway Company
  Deputy Chairman, Council for Global Promotion of Railway
   -Jiro Hanyu, Chairman, ITPS 

Keynote Remarks
  -Governor Patrick Joseph “Pat” Quinn III, State of Illinois
  (Secretary Gary Hannig, Illinois DOT, representing Governor Quinn) 
-Mayor Richard M. Daley, City of Chicago
  (Commissioner Bobby L. Ware, CDOT, representing Mayor Daley)
-U.S. Congressman Daniel Lipinski, Illinois 3rd District     
-State Representative Elaine Nekritz, Illinois 57th District
-Richard Harnish, Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association

[Study on the benefits of HSR in the U.S.]      
  - Yuki Tanaka, Director, International Affairs Office, JITI

[Explanation of Japanese HSR, Shinkansen]
*Outline of HSR technology, operation management, and related businesses   
- Satoshi Seino, President and CEO, East Japan Railway Company          
- Hiromasa Tanaka, Senior Advisor, Central Japan Railway Company

*Technological development and economic benefits, including job creation in the region   
-  Maurice Andriani, Senior Manager, Aftermarket and Special Projects, Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc.   
- Yasuhiko Mochizuki, President, Nippon Sharyo U.S.A., Inc.   
- Robert E. Galbraith, II, Director, Marketing, Transportation Systems Division,    Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.   
- Kyle D. Kem, Vice President, Toshiba International Corporation 

Closing Remarks 
  -Makoto Washizu, President, JITI 

Panel displays & DVD presentations on Japanese HSR[Railway Operators]  
- East Japan Railway Company  
- Central Japan Railway Company
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.  
- Nippon Sharyo, Ltd. /Sumitomo Corporation   
- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation   
- Toshiba Corporation  
- Fuji Electric Systems Co., Ltd.   
 - Hitachi, Ltd.   
 - KYB Corporation  
 - Nabtesco Corporation    
 - NTN Corporation   
 - Sumitomo Metals