IHRA Forum 2022

IHRA Forum 2022
Beyond the Period of Turmoil
— Towards a New Future with High-Speed Rail —


Opening Remarks

Masafumi Shukuri
Chairman, International High-speed Rail Association (IHRA)


Fumio Kishida
Prime Minister of Japan (Video)
Tetsuo Saito
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan
(Vice Minister Satoru Mizushima read on behalf of Minister Saito)
Rahm Emanuel
US Ambassador to Japan (Video)

Opening Session
The “Turning Point”
— The Evolving New International Era and Mobility —


Lord Howell of Guildford
Former Energy and Transport Secretary, UK
Syed Hamid Albar
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
Akitaka Saiki
Former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
Thomas Schieffer
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, U.S.
Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa
Former Indian Ambassador to Japan, India


Aiko Doden
Special Affairs Commentator ( international affairs), NHK World TV, Japan

Session 1
Updates from Countries Building HSR as a National Strategy


Danny Broad
Chairman of both the Australasian Railway Association and the TrackSAFE Foundation, Australia
Achal Khare
Former Managing Director, National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd., India
Arkhom Termpittayapaisith
Minister of Finance, Thailand
Pichet Kunadhamraks
Director General, Department of Rail Transport, Ministry of Transport, Thailand
Mark Thurston
Chief Executive Officer, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd., UK


Roderick Smith
Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London, UK

Session 2
The Future and Opportunities Created by HSR
— Japanese Chuo Shinkansen and US North East Corridor SCMAGLEV Project —


Wayne Rogers
Chairman/CEO, The Northeast Maglev, US
Koei Tsuge
Chairman & Representative Director, Central Japan Railway Company, Japan


Shigeru Morichi
Professor Emeritus, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan

Session 3
The Role and Potential of HSR in the Sustainable New Era


John Chen
Senior Advisor, Former Executive Vice President, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, Taiwan
Yuji Fukasawa
President and CEO, East Japan Railway Company, Japan
Manel Villalante
General Director of Development and Strategy, RENFE, Spain


Anson Jack
Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham, UK

Closing Remarks

Larry Kelterborn
President, LDK Advisory Inc., Canada