About IHRA

Board of Directors

As of June, 2020

Board of directors is decision-making body of IHRA.

Chairman

Masafumi Shukuri

Chairman
Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute, Japan

Vice Chairman

Torkel Patterson

Director
Central Japan Railway Company, Japan

Director

Hitoshi SAIMYO

Senior Executive Officer
East Japan Railway Company, Japan

Director

Shun-ichi Kosuge

Representative Director & Executive Vice President
Central Japan Railway Company, Japan

Director

Yoshihisa Hirano

Vice President, Representative Director and Executive Officer
West Japan Railway Company, Japan

Director

Toshihiko Aoyagi

President, Representative Director & Executive Officer
Kyushu Railway Company, Japan

Director

John Chen

Senior Advisor
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, Taiwan

Auditor

Akira Onoe
Deputy General Manager, Infrastructure Business Division, Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan

 

Auditor

Hideyuki Nishio
Assistant General Manager, Sumitomo Corporation, Japan

 

Chairman

Masafumi Shukuri
Chairman
Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute, Japan

Mr. Shukuri is the Chairman of the International High-speed Rail Association since 2014.
He entered the service of the Ministry of Transport (presently the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) ) in 1974 and has held many important positions since then. Before the Vice-Minister of MLIT appointment from 2008 to 2012, he had been working as First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia, as the Private Secretary to the Minister of Transport, as the Counsellor of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, as the Director-General of the Road Transport Bureau, as the Director-General of the Policy Bureau, and as the Deputy Vice-Minister of the Minister’s Secretariat of MLIT.
Presently, he is the Visiting Professor of the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo since 2013, and the Chairman of the Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI) since 2018.

Vice Chairman

Torkel Patterson
Director
Central Japan Railway Company, Japan

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

Hitoshi SAIMYO
Senior Executive Officer
East Japan Railway Company, Japan

Joined Japan National Railways (JNR) in 1985. Following privatization of JNR, joined East Japan Railway Company in 1987. After Deputy General Manager of Marketing Division of Niigata Branch Office, Deputy General Manager of Management Planning Department of Headquarters, General Manager of Tourism Strategy Office of Headquarters, Executive Director of New York Office, General Manager of International Department, and Executive Officer and General Manager of International Department or other careers, Senior Executive Officer In charge of International Affairs Headquarters from June 2018.

Director

Shun-ichi Kosuge
Representative Director & Executive Vice President
Central Japan Railway Company, Japan

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, General Manager of Management Supervision Department in Corporate Planning Division, Director General of General Technology Division or other careers, Representative Director & Executive Vice President from 2018.

Director

Yoshihisa Hirano
Vice President, Representative Director and Executive Officer
West Japan Railway Company, Japan

Joined Japan National Railway (JNR) in 1982. Following privatization of JNR, joined West Japan Railway Company in 1987. After Executive Officer, General Manager of Technical Research & Development Department of Railway Operations HQ, Director and Senior Executive Officer, General Manager of Kansai Urban Area Regional Head Office or other careers, Vice President, Representative Director and Executive Officer, Senior General Manager of Shinkansen Operations Division of Railway Operations HQ from 2018.

Director

Toshihiko Aoyagi
President, Representative Director & Executive Officer
Kyushu Railway Company, Japan

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 Operations HQ, and Senior Managing Director, Director General of Railway Operation Headquarters or other careers, President from June 2014. (As of June 2018, President, Representative Director & Executive Officer)

Director

John Chen
Senior Advisor
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, Taiwan

Mr. John Chen is the Executive Vice President, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, responsible for managing the operation and maintenance, his experience in railway operation and maintenance is over 20 years. He has technical background in civil engineer, computer science, as well as various fields in practical operation & maintenance expertise.