The Future of High-Speed Rail in Japan and America Lecture

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and Central Japan Railway Co.

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) and the JICC are proud to host Mr. Masahiro "Mark" Nakayama for a talk about the brief history of technology behind the Japanese high-speed rail system and JR Central's involvement in the high-speed rail projects developing in the United States.

As transit agencies and technologies evolve, interest in bringing high-speed rail capabilities to the United States has been increasing. JR Central, operates the Tokaido Shinkansen and has been at the forefront of railway developments, including the new MagLev (magnetic levitation) train. JR Central has also been working closely with groups in America to increase Japan-US cooperation and bring high-speed trains to America, as states like Maryland look for faster rail links and more advanced technology.


Masahiro "Mark" Nakayama was appointed General Manager of Washington DC Office of Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) in July 2015 after three years of active leadership at International Department of JR Central in Tokyo from 2012 through 2015. In Washington, Mr. Nakayama oversees high-speed rail projects and initiatives in North America, which JR Central has been pursuing as a technological provider of the Japanese Shinkansen system for Texas’s Dallas-Houston route and the SCMaglev systems for Washington DC-Baltimore-New York segment of the Northeast Corridor.

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