ITS Japan held its “5th Japan ITS Promotion Forum” on 24 and 25 November in Tokyo with the theme of “New Generation of Sustainable Transport Systems Under the National Strategic Plans”. The forum focused on the Smart City and the Next Generation Automobile utilising ITS.


The event started with a keynote speech by Professor Hideaki Miyata University of Tokyo on the topic  “Policy on Environmentally Sustainable City for the Future” followed by Mr Akira Matsunaga Counsellor of Cabinet Secretariat and Mr Toshimichi Hanai of ITS Japan who talked about ITS action plans. Afterwards the five representatives from the ITS-related ministries had a panel discussion moderated by Mr Hajime Amano President of ITS Japan.

The forum also touched upon topics related to advanced technologies welcoming experts on “Next Generation Vehicle Batteries” and “Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles” as well as presenting an overview of the scope and project reports from the four model cities focused on “Smart Community with Area Energy Management”.



On the second day the program commenced with a session on “Electric Cars and Road Transport Systems” highlighted by presentations and status reports on EV projects from the three local governments. The latter half of the day was devoted to the international arena. Following the first segment “Review of the 17th ITS World Congress Busan 2010” we welcomed the four overseas guests Ms Sheryl J. Wilkerson President of Willow LLC on behalf of ITS America Mr Vincent Blervaque from ERTICO – ITS Europe Mr Xiaojing Wang the Vice Chairman of ITS China and Professor SK Jason Chang from ITS Taiwan. They each delivered presentations on the status quo of ITS and the upcoming ITS events.

The participants were presented with the excellent opportunity to share information on ITS both within and outside of Japan and enjoyed the networking reception following the forum. The two day event numbered an audience of about three hundred participants.

(From left: Mr Hajime Amano ITS Japan; Mr Xiaojing Wang ITS China;
Mr Vincent Blervaque ERTICO – ITS Europe; Ms Sheryl Wilkerson Willow LLC – ITS America;
Professor Jason Chang ITS Taiwan)


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Original Publication Date: Fri 03 Dec 2010