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IHRA officers

Chairman

Masafumi Shukuri
Professor
Graduate School of Public Policy
The University of Tokyo

Joined Transport Ministry(Present : Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)in 1974. From 1984, he went to a new post to the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia as a first secretary. After then, he held minister of Transport Secretary, Counselor of Cabinet Legislation Bureau, Director General of Road Transport Bureau, Director General of Policy Bureau, Deputy Vice Minister, Vice-Minister for Transport, Tourism and International Affairs. In 2011, he held Vice Minister of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and retired in 2012. Mr.Shukuri is presently the Visiting Professor of Tokyo University.

Vice Chairman

Torkel Patterson
Director
Central Japan Railway Company

Mr.Patterson held Senior Director for Japan, Office of Secretary of Defense, Director for Japan and Korea, National Security Council, the White House. After then he held Special Assistant to the President for Asia, Senior Advisor to Ambassador Howard Baker, Tokyo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia.
Mr. Patterson previously served for Raytheon Company, including as President, Raytheon International.

Director

Takao Nishiyama
Executive Director
East Japan Railway Company

Joined Japan National Railways (JNR) in 1981. Following privatization of JNR, joined East Japan Railway Company in 1987. After General Manager of Transport Department of Takasaki Branch Office, General Manager of Customer Service Department, Executive Director of New York Office, and Director of International Department or other careers, Executive Director in charge of overseas affair from June 2014 and Executive Director, Deputy Director General of International Affairs Headquarters from June 2017.

Director

Shun-ichi Kosuge
Senior Corporate Executive Officer & Director
Central Japan Railway Company

Joined Japan National Railways (JNR) in 1977. Following privatization of JNR, joined Central Japan Railway Company in 1987. After General Manager of Tracks and Structures Department in Shinkansen Operation Division and General Manager of Management Supervision Department in Corporate Planning Division and Deputy Director General of General Technical Division or other careers, Senior Executive Director and Director General of General Technical Division from 2016.

Director

Toshihiro Matsuoka
Senior Executive Officer
West Japan Railway Company

Joined Japan National Railway (JNR) in 1985. Following privatization of JNR, joined West Japan Railway Company in 1987. After General Manager of Yonago Branch and Rolling Stock Department, Railway Operations HQ and other positions, became Deputy Senior General Manager of Railway Operations HQ and General Manager of Shinkansen Supervising Department, Railway Operations HQ since 2017.

Director

Toshihiko Aoyagi
President & Representative Director
Kyushu Railway Company

Joined Japan National Railways (JNR) in 1977. Following privatization of JNR, joined Kyushu Railway Company in 1987. After Director and General Manager of Kagoshima Regional Office, Managing Director, Director General of Railway Operation HQ, and Senior Managing Director, Director General of Railway Operation Headquarters or other careers, President from June 2014.

Director

Wen-Liang Liu
Assistant Vice President
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation

His careers before join HSR industry, are Project Leader in Taiwan Aerospace Industry Co., Supervisor in National Technical Equipment Co., or other industries. After join THSRC, He had been Manager in Safety Department, Consultant to Railway Operation Division, or Consultant to Administration Division in THSRC. Currently, he is the Assistant Vice President, Head of Quality Assurance Office, and Head of International Cooperation Office/ESD from 2008.

Auditor

Tatsushi Nakagawa
Mitsubishi Corporation, Rail Infrastructure Projects Director

 

Auditor

Toshiyuki Tsukamoto
Sumitomo Corporation, Assistant General Manager