This seminar follows on from the “Expressway and Automobile Summer Seminar” 2016 and 2018. The purpose of this seminar is for international students to learn about the actual situation surrounding expressways and automobiles in Japan. Through group discussions with the intention of applying the knowledge to their own cities, the participants will develop and improve their skills and networking to gain a better understanding of Japan and build relationships with their own country. We will provide lectures and site tours regarding the three recent high potential topics “Disasters, Maintenance Management and Autonomous Driving”, by specialists and researchers from the front-line companies and universities.

Eiji Hato,

Course Director, Professor, Department of Engineering, The University of Tokyo


International Institute for Next Urban Planning, Design and Management, The University of Tokyo / National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies / Association for Planning and Transportation Studies


■Associate Companies and institutions: 

Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited / EastNippon Expressway Company Limited / Hanshin Expressway Company Limited / Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited / Metropolitan Expressway Co., Ltd / Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. / Osaka Metropolitan University / Toyota Motor Corporation / West Nippon Expressway Company Limited / Japan Society of Civil Engineers


■Date: Tuesday 20th September – Wednesday 21st September 2022


■Online: Keynote and lectures


■Site Tours: 

Kanto Group(Tokyo Area): Expressway construction sites

Kansai Group(Osaka Area): Hanshin Expressway Earthquake Museum, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Hokudanshinsai Memorial Park

*Classrooms will be prepared to take online lectures in both Kanto/Kansai area. The site tours will depart from the prepared venue.

**Participants will choose between either Kanto/Kansai upon registration.


■Attendance Fee: JPY 3,000 for materials (Accommodation costs will not be covered.)


■Eligibility: 30 international students, currently study Civil Engineering and Transportation in Japan


■Preliminary assignments: Participants will be required to submit assignments prior to the course.


■Registration: (Close on Friday 22nd July 2022 → Friday 29nd July 2022 ※extended)


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■Program (Tentative)

Day 1, Tuesday 20th September

9:00- Introduction and Opening Remarks

Eiji HATO, the University of Tokyo

Katsuhiko NIWA, Director-General, Road Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism


9:15-  Keynote Research Talk. 

“Autonomous Driving and Road Network”

Yasuo ASAKURA, Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology


10:30- Session 1 Disaster and Expressway

1.“Disaster Damages and Responses on Expressways in Western Japan”

 Yukari MATSUSHITA, Engineer,Traffic Division, Expressway Operation Bureau, West Nippon Expressway Company Limited


2.“Initiative for Restoration and Pavement Reconstruction of Expressway from Earthquake Disasters”

 Tetsuo MIYAIRI, Director, International Department, Technology & International Division, East Nippon Expressway Co., Ltd.


3. “Recovery from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and Future Initiatives”

     Yukio ADACHI, Director, Engineering Department, Hanshin Expressway Co., Ltd.


12:00-13:00 Lunch


Site Tours:

Expressway construction sites (Kanto Group)

Hanshin Expressway Earthquake Museum, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Hokudanshinsai Memorial Park (Kansai Group)


Day 2, Wednesday 21st September

9:00- Session 2 Autonomous driving and Expressway

1.“Shin-Tomei Expressway and Initiatives for Automated Driving Leading edge of sensing”

    Toru SUZUKI, Senior Director, International Business Department, Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited


2. “Autonomous moving technology”

   Representative, Toyota Motor Corporation


3. “Automated Driving”

 Hideki YAGINUMA, Associated Professor, Tokyo University of Science


10:30-11:00 Break


11:00- Session 3 Expressway Maintenance

1.“Implementation of Metropolitan expressway for Major Renovations and Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo”

 Hayato TAKASE, Deputy Manager, Overseas Projects Division, Engineering Consultants Department, Metropolitan Expressway Company Limited


2. “Maintenance of Long-span Bridges”

 Kiyohiro IMAI, Senior Director of Maintenance Department, Executive Officer(Former Senior Director, Corporate Planning Department),Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited


12:00-13:30 Lunch


13:30- Presentation and Discussion by Students


16:00- Executive Session

“Evolving autonomous driving to meet societal needs -Offering value that goes beyond safety-”

Kazuhiro DOI, Corporate Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.


17:00-  Certificate Presentation

 Prof. Kazumasa OZAWA, Director general, International Institute for Next Urban Planning, Design and Management, the University of Tokyo