On Mar. 26, 2015, Deputy Director General, Mr. Tsutomu SHIMURA, from "Railway Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism" in Japan led a delegation to BOHSR to attend the 3rd Taiwan-Japan Railway Practical Interchange & Cooperation Meeting. In the meeting, both parties reached a mutual understanding to combine the power of private corporations with 50 years of experience in Japan Shinkansen and the innovative services of Taiwan HSR to simultaneously promote the Shinkansen technology and present Taiwan HSR on the international stage.
The annual interchange meetings are held according to "Memorandum for the Practical Interchange and Cooperation in Railway Business" signed by Taiwan and Japan on Nov. 5, 2013. Meeting venues rotate between Japan and Taiwan yearly in which the meeting this year took place in Taiwan. Director General Hsiang-Lin Hu of BOHSR and Deputy Director General, Mr. Tsutomu SHIMURA, from Japan together hosted the meeting and participating organizations included Interchange Association Japan, Central Japan Railway Company, Railway Technical Research Institute (Japan), Association of East Asian Relations (Taiwan), Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation and CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc. (Taiwan). The major purpose of this meeting is to establish bilateral agreement and foundation for future cooperation in overseas high-speed rail market expansion. The reason for Japan Shinkansen to initiate this unprecedented cooperation with Taiwan HSR is due to Taiwan HSR's abundant experiences in operational performance, innovative services, organizational management in engineering interfaces, comprehensive preparatory work, staff training, third party system verifications and many more. On the other hand, the reputation of Shinkansen in advanced technology and safety performance has already been established internationally. Therefore, with the future cooperation of these two outstanding systems, there is no doubt that huge business opportunities will be created all over the world benefiting the railway industry in both countries.
Furthermore, both parties interchanged and shared experience on HSR station engineering and railway technologies in the meeting and BOHSR arranged a tour on the 27th to HSR Nankang Station and TIAA MRT sites for the guests to comprehend the current status of railway construction development in Taiwan.