To establish an exchange channel between Taiwan and Japan railway industries and discover future cooperation opportunities, Chairman Mr. Huang-Liang Tsai of Chung-Hwa Railway Industry Development Association（(CRIDA)）and Executive Managing Director Mr. Hiroshi SAEKI of Japan Association of Rolling Stock Industries（(JARi)）signed the Industry Exchange Memorandum of Understanding on Nov. 29, 2017. The two parties will exchange information on industrial information, railway technology and personnel training in the future. The establishment of a railway industry exchange platform has always been the official goal of the Taiwan-Japan government and an important achievement in exchanges between Taiwan and Japan. Therefore, Director General Hsiang-Ling Hu especially led a delegation to Japan to witness the historic moment.
The official signing ceremony was held at the Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2017 in Chiba, Japan. Over a hundred people including Taiwan and Japan governmental representatives and industrial representatives attended the ceremony. The event was also published on local media, showing the great attention drawn by the two associations. In Director General Hu’s speech, he emphasized on the successful example of the cooperation between the two countries where the Shinkansen technology in Japan was introduced into Taiwan HSR and has achieved excellent performance for 10 years of operation and also jointly expanded to overseas markets. Therefore, the director general expects that the two associations will establish a diversified and stable exchange channel that will promote the industrial development and technological upgrading of both sides so that capable manufacturers in Taiwan can have access to the international supply chain and work together with the Japanese industry to achieve mutual benefits.
The delegation included members from BOHSR, CRIDA, THSRC and other relevant units. In addition to attending the signing ceremony and symposium, the delegation also visited the Railway Technology Exhibition to give support and encouragement to Taiwan exhibitors, and proposed that more exhibitors in Taiwan should be invited to the exhibition to enhance international visibility. After visiting the Railway Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Tsukuba Express and Railway Technical Research Institute for technical visitation, the tour came to an end on Dec. 1.