Australia-Japan Society of NSW

AJS Business Series - High-speed rail: What Australia can learn from the Japanese experience

  • 11 Jun 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • TressCox, MLC Centre, Sydney 16F


  • Guests of corporate members attend at member rates

Any Australian who has travelled on the famous Japanese Shinkansen has marvelled at the experience and wished something similar was available here.

Last month Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese released the latest report recommending that Australia proceed with high-speed rail along the East Coast - albeit on a very slow timetable. 

Two speakers with detailed knowledge of high-speed rail will comment on the plan: Bryan Nye, CEO of the Australasian Railways Association (ARA) which represents the interests of all rail operators, track owners, manufacturers and suppliers in Australia and New Zealand; and Gen Okajima, Sydney office representative of Central Japan Railway Company, the developer, owner and operator of the highly-successful Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train system linking Japan’s principal metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka since 1964.

Join AJS and JCCI members as we learn about the plan, with discussion by two well-qualified speakers. Q&A and networking drinks will follow the formal part of the evening.

The report can be viewed at the Dept of Infrastructure and Transport site. Submissions on the report can be made until the end of June.

Speaker bios:

Bryan Nye After a career in the Royal Australian Navy, including the command of three ships, Bryan established the ARA office in Canberra in 2003. The mission of the ARA is to get the rail industry to work together to harmonise national operations and ensure that rail is a key part of future transport policy. Bryan says this is an exciting time for rail as investment and microeconomic reform continues apace.

Gen Okajima joined JR Central in 1999. After earning his Shinkansen drivers license, he has lead a wide range of teams from human resources to business promotion. Prior to taking up his role in Sydney, he was the manager of the Human Resources Department of the Shinkansen Division, responsible for examining and prioritizing all projects within the division, as well as the hiring and training of employees including labour negotiations over new policy implementation.

Registrations are now open. Register and pay online or download the form here.

Supported by JCCI (Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sydney).

About the Society

The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) aims to bring together Australian and Japanese people living in NSW to explore mutual interests.

AJS-NSW holds regular business, social and cultural functions, at various locations around Sydney.

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