Introduction of the association

New Year Greetings

Happy New Year.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your special kindness during the previous year.


Last year was the year of Covid-19 disaster. Following the 6th wave from the beginning of the year, the infection spread to the 7th wave in the summer and the 8th wave from November. In addition, on February 24, Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine, and the war between the two countries continues.


In the midst of the world's struggle against the pandemic of the Covid-19, the situation occurred in the 21st century in which the major power that is the member of the Security Council unilaterally invaded the neighboring country by force of arms. This war has brought about soaring global fuel and food prices, and in Japan as well, the rise in prices has become conspicuous due to the soaring import prices.


Under these circumstances, we, who are involved in regional passenger and freight railways, suffered from a decrease in transportation volume and soaring fuel prices last year. On the other hand, Abukuma Express was severely damaged, and it took more than three months to resume full operation. Also, in August, Akita Nairiku Jukan Tetsudo between Aniai and Takanosu was suspended due to heavy rain damage, and it took four months before full operation resumes on December 12.


As mentioned above, last year was a year of hardships for our regional passenger railways and freight railways. In the meanwhile, the trend of recovery in tourists and foreign visitors to Japan became noticeable at the end of the year due to "Nationwide Travel Support" and relaxation of immigration restrictions from the latter half of last year.


This year, the Covid-19 and the war between Russia and Ukraine have subsided, prices have stabilized, the regional economy is booming, the decline in the permanent population in rural areas has stopped, there are few natural disasters, and people are traveling domestically and abroad. and enjoy the smooth transportation of passengers and freight by rail. I hope this year will be like that.


In any case, for those of us involved in railway transportation, the safe and secure transportation of passengers and supplies is our number one priority. We would like to work hard without letting our guard down in the year.


In closing, I hope that this year will be a bright year for all of you, and I would like to ask for your continued support and cooperation for the Tohoku Railway Association and the regional railways in the Tohoku region.

This is my New Year's greeting.



      January 1, 2023

      The Tohoku Railway Association

      Chairperson   Choniro Sawada 



Association name  The Tohoku Railway Association
Location 1-2-1, Haranomachi, Miyagino-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture      

Survey and research on railway business management

Cooperation on common interests

Sharing of technical capabilities among members

Petitions to government offices

Distribution of business management materials

Fellowship and exchange of opinions among members

TEL +81-22-291-9787 
Date of establishmen  September 28, 1947
Member  TSUGARU RAILWAY Co.,Ltd./KONAN RAILWAY CO., LTD./Seikan Tunnel Museum/AOIMORI RAILWAY Co.,Ltd./Hachinohe Rinkai Railway Company/Sanriku Railway Co.,Ltd./Iwate Galaxy Railway Co., Ltd./IWATE DEVELOPMENT RAILWAY/Transportation Bureau City of Sendai/Sendai Airport Transit Co.,Ltd./Sendai Rinkai Railway Co.,Ltd./Akita Nairiku Jukan Tetsudo/YURI KOGEN RAILWAY/Yamagata Railway Co.,Ltd./Abukuma kyuko Co.,Ltd./Fukushima Transportation. Inc./Aizu Railway Co., Ltd./Fukushima Rinkai Railway/South Hokkaido Railway       All 19members

Purpose of establishment

In order to achieve the railway business mission, sound development of the business, promotion of common interests, and friendship between members.

Current system


President of Tsugaru Railway Co.,Lid.

Sawada Chojiro


President of Aizu Railway Co., Ltd.

Shigetoshi Suzuki

President of Iwate Development Railway Co., Ltd.

Shinichi Okada

Managing director 

The Tohoku Railway Association Secretary director

Koya Takahashi


President of Aoimori Railway Co.,Ltd.

Takashi Akino

President of Sanriku Railway Co.,Ltd.

Yoshiaki Ishikawa

President of Akita Nairiku Jyukan Tetsudo Co.,Ltd.

Hiroyuki Yoshida


 Senior Managing Director of Yamagata Railway Co.,Ltd

Sakae Oshikiri 

President of Fukushima Rinkai Railway Co.,Ltd

Atsushi Yoda

Organization chart