On Jun. 19, 2017, Deputy Director General, Mr. Shunya SHIOZAKI of Railway Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (RBMLIT) led a delegation to Taiwan to attend the 5th Taiwan-Japan Railway Practical Interchange & Cooperation Meeting. In the meeting, RBMLIT and BOHSR expressed willingness to continue to cooperate on expanding overseas market and the bureaus are glad that both railway industries have reached a preliminary consensus on the establishment of a communication platform to promote future cooperation and development.
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. The meeting was cohosted by Deputy Director General Cheng-Chun Yang of BOHSR and Mr. Shunya SHIOZAKI of RBMLIT from Japan. The biggest difference from previous meetings is that for the first time, the event invited both Taiwan and Japan railway industries including Chung-Hwa Railway Industry Development Association and Association of Rolling Stock Industries. In addition to exchanging experiences and opinions on the development of the railway industry, inspection and verification mechanism, industry exchange and so on, the meeting was concluded with agreement in principle to hold the Railway Industry Exchange Seminar in the Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2017 taking place in November, 2017 in Chiba, Japan. The motivation of the seminar is to encourage industrial members in both countries to establish a communication channel to understand and seek future cooperation opportunities, and ultimately promote industrial development and technology upgrade.
In this year’s meeting, THSRC and Central Japan Railway Company were invited to share experiences on entering overseas high-speed rail markets. On the 20th, BOHSR arranged a tour to the in-town check-in area of the TIAA MRT System and the Taiwan High Speed Rail Museum for the Japanese guests to experience the transport services and cultural relics of the two major domestic transport systems that have been newly completed this year.