JR Central has announced that its current President Yoshiomi Yamada (left) is to become Chairman of the company with effect from April 1. He will succeed Yoshiyuki Kasai (centre), who becomes Chairman Emeritus, and will in turn be replaced as President by the railway’s current Executive Vice-President Koei Tsuge (right).
In his new role Kasai will remain on the JR Central board while promoting Shinkansen and maglev technologies internationally. Yamada will continue to supervise the project to build a superconducting maglev route between Tokyo and Osaka. All three executives bring decades of experience to their roles, having joined Japanese National Railways prior to its privatisation in 1987.