ITS Japan: the 6th Japan ITS Promotion Forum Report


ITS Japan held a series of high-level sessions under the theme of “New Challenges for the Next-Generation Social Mobility” as their annual forum “the 6th Japan ITS Promotion Forum” held in Tokyo, Japan.

The first part of the forum was held on 22 November 2012 to share the international ITS trends learned at the ITS World Congress in Orlando with the ITS Japan partners,  as well as the vision of the global ITS deployment of tomorrow.


 The second part of the forum was the General Symposium, held on 6 December  2012 at Tokyo Big Sight where the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 was on-going. ITS Japan also took part as one of the exhibitors of “SMART MOBILITY CITY 2011” project booth.

Photo left: ITS Japan booth     Right: Mr. Conover on Test-Ride in Tokyo Motor Show

With the symposium’s key words of “Information Society” and “Integrated Transport/Multimodal”, Mr Hajime Amano, the president of ITS Japan exchanged views with the five representative speakers from the Japanese ITS-related ministries.  The symposium also organised the active debate between the academic and private sector guests, as well as the lecture of “Cyber Physical System” by Prof. Masao Sakauchi, Vice Chairman of ITS Japan.

In the last part, the symposium welcomed the international speakers, Mr Gerald D. Conover from ITS America, Mr Marcel Visser from ERTICO – ITS Europe/Vice President Automotive, CINTERION, and Mr Eric-Mark Huitema, Leader of Intelligent Transportation Solutions and Smarter Cities Initiatives in Europe Board,  and Member of IBM Global ITS.  Nearly 200 representatives  from ITS Japan partners had  the excellent opportunity to learn the cutting-edge ITS status in Europe and the US.

(Photo: from left, Mr. Hajime Amano, Mr. Marcel Visser, Prof.  Masao Sakauchi, Mr. Eric Mark Huitema, Mr. Gerald Conover, Mr. Hidehiko Akatsuka)