Since the Tohoku Earthquake 2011 still much remains to be rebuilt and progress is slow. The EBC Railway Committee believes that in rural areas the train station plays a vital role and an increased focus on a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will weaken communications and communities alike. The EBC, with its particular expertise in urban planning and rail technology, believes that a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system should be introduced.

Moreover, the EBC believes that the EU-Japan FTA/EPA should enable Japan to work jointly with Europe to promote open integrated systems built on harmonised standards. Furthermore under the FTA/EPA, test data from internationally recognised certification bodies should be accepted without further delay and references from Europe should be fully recognised and accepted.


Mr. Shigetoshi Kawahara
c/o European Business Council in Japan (EBC)
Sanbancho POULA Bldg. 2F
6-7 Sanbancho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075
Tel: +81-3-3263-6224
Fax: +81-3-3263-6223

Upcoming committee meeting schedule

Please contact the EBC ( ebc@ebc-jp.com ) to confirm the meeting location prior to attending

January 29 (Friday)16:00~EBC and Web
March 26 (Friday)16:00~EBC and Web
April 27 (Tuesday)16:00~EBC and Web
May 28 (Friday)16:00~EBC and Web
June 25 (Friday)16:00~EBC and Web
September 24 (Friday)16:00~EBC and Web
October 29 (Friday)16:00~EBC and Web
December 10 (Friday)16:00~EBC and Web