Comparative analysis of transport axes in Japan and US and policy choices
|Leader||Yoshiaki Abe, Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Analysis, Waseda University|
|Term||April 2009 － March 2010|
The main subject is to study the current performance of the key transport axes for both passenger and freight in Japan and US, typical example being Tokyo-Osaka in Japan and Washington DC-NYC in US, from the point of view of economic, fiscal, energy and environmental efficiency. The study would identify strength and weakness of the axes, recommend specific steps for improved operations and propose policy options for improvements on behalf of the two Governments. We propose to (1) have same terms of reference for the two studies in respective countries with same objectives and analytical approaches; and (2) create working groups (WGs) or task forces consisting of specialists from academic/research world, transport business sector (rail, land, coastal shipping, port, transport equipment manufacturers) and concerned government agencies. The WGs in Japan and US, working together closely, will carry out respective study almost simultaneously.