Introduction of the association

New Year Greetings

Happy New Year.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your continued support during the past year.


Last year, the Covid-19 was classified as a "Class 5 infectious disease" on May 8th, and travel demand expanded and the number of foreign visitors to Japan returned to pre-Covid-19 levels.

In addition, on October 1, the "Revised Act on Revitalization of Regional Public Transport" came into effect, which organized the roles of operators, regions, and the national government with regard to regional railroads and clarified the path for the reconstruction of regional public transport based on the reconstruction policy agreed upon through consultation among these entities.


Under these circumstances, fortunately, there was no serious damage to railway facilities due to the natural disasters that have occurred almost every year in recent years. I think that our association's member businesses were able to proactively implement efforts to stimulate demand among residents along railway lines and to increase customer numbers in response to expanding travel demand.


The Tohoku Railway Association also was able to proactively hold to maintain and improve the technical skills of its members, by the implementing railway signal/communication training, the train attendant skill-up training in Aizu, participating in training conducted by Aizu Railway/Iwate Galaxy Railway and holding the consultation meetings with the railway technology and safety advisors etc.


This year, the Tohoku Railway Association will continue to develop initiatives aimed at maintaining and improving the technical capabilities of its members, keeping in mind the long-term suspension of service caused by a derailment that occurred at a member company last year.


In any case, as people involved in railway transportation, our top priority is the safe and secure transportation of passengers and goods. I will continue to work hard this year without letting my guard down.


In closing, I would like to pray that this year will be a year of great brightness 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 and Hakodate area.

With that, I would like to conclude my New Year's greetings.


        January 1st 2024

        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 General

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