Japan Infrastructure Partners
|Establishment||February 24, 2006|
|Members||50 regular members, 8 corporate supporting members|
|Directors||Tadahiko Nakao (Representative), Hajime Asakura, Koji Kaminaga, Shuji Kamiya, Kan Kawanishi, Saburo Kawamura, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Toshiyuki Nakamura, Kinji Hasegawa, Hidenori Yoshikane, Kiyoshi Wataguchi, Moriyasu Furuki (Supervisor)|
|Field of expertise||・Roads, bridges, traffic management and control|
・Disaster prevention, flood control and disaster mitigation, landslide prevention
・Water resource development, drainage, sewage treatment
・Regional and urban development planning
|Address||3-2-603 Kanda Nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0054, Japan|
Background of Establishment
In developing countries such as those in Asia, there are many districts where social and economic development is hampered by delays in the development of roads and other infrastructures, and where people are unable to escape poverty. In order to overcome this situation, we established a non-profit organization in 2006 with volunteers who have been involved in intergovernmental cooperation projects with developing countries and have experience in overseas technical cooperation.
The members of the organization aim to contribute to the social and economic development of both Japan and other countries by promoting the development of infrastructure in developing countries and enhancing friendly relations between Japan and other countries through the use of their extensive knowledge and experience in the development of socioeconomic infrastructure such as roads, bridges, flood control, water resource development, sewage treatment, and urban and regional development.
Connection with Myanmar
In 1978, a plane crash in Burma (now Myanmar) killed six members of a Japanese survey team and two employees of the Burmese Ministry of Construction who were preparing for the JICA Bridge Engineering Training Center Project (BETC). The project, which was implemented from 1979 to 1985, achieved great results in on-the-job training through the construction of a PC bridge (Tswana Bridge) with a 100-meter-long central span. Many of the Burmese government officials and trainees at that time have become key figures in Myanmar’s current government agencies, and the previous Minister of Construction is one of the BETC trainees.
Many of our members were related to this project and the victims, and we do not want their sacrifices to be in vain. Since our establishment in 2006, we have been collaborating with the Road and Bridge Section of the Myanmar Government, and have been continuously implementing technical cooperation, technology transfer, and technology exchange with the cooperation of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and JICA.