TOP ABOUT JPTCA
As seventy years have passed since the ending of World War Two, Japanese society has matured. Increasingly the Japanese public has come to recognize that we need to move beyond the materialistic values that set economic growth as our highest aspiration.
As we pondered what our national vision should become if we are to establish a more ideal society, one worthy of the rest of the world’s attention, we came to the conclusion that this vision must be reflected in our art and culture. To this end, we at the Japan Traffic Culture Association (JTCA) have persisted in our support of artistic and cultural events, focusing on those that involved traffic related activities and exhibitions.
Our association was founded in 1948 by Fujitaro Taki, a journalist in charge of a three-times-a-month railway magazine. From the start, the association’s objective was to encourage and contribute artistically to traffic culture. In 1953 we launched a yearly autumn event that drew photography and haiku poetry from all over the nation. At first we called the event “The Traffic-related People’s Cultural Exhibition” but in 2001 we shortened this to “The Traffic Culture Exhibit”. The best works that were chosen were exhibited in events which took place in public places such as Tokyo Station. As educational activities, we have set up two scholarship programs. One, called “The Takifuji Fund” is offered to children of people working in the railway transportation industry. Since its inauguration in 1968, over 1700 students have been given grants or loans to study art. The other scholarship program was called “The International Takifuju Art Award”, and it has been offering scholarships to promising art students in colleges both here and abroad opportunities to study. This program, set up in 1980 and expanded in 2014, is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
We emphasize public art because it increases the opportunities for everybody to be in daily touch with art and culture. Therefore, installing works of art in public spaces perfectly meets our aim to imbue Japanese society with a lively sense and appreciation of beauty. In 2000 we shaped a “Proposal Regarding the Promotion of Public Art” and submitted it to a number of leading intellectuals from the political, economic and artistic world. We feel that proposal helped trigger an interest and commitment to recognize that public art is important.
Based on the beliefs and values expressed above, we intend to continue our efforts to advance public art. We thank you for your understanding, support and cooperation to our activities.
|Organization Name||JAPAN TRAFFIC CULTURE ASSOCIATION|
|Established||September 30, 1948|
|Location||Tokyo Takarazuka Bldg., 1-3, Yurakucho 1-chome,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0006
|Director General||TAKI Hisao||Chairman & Founder, NKB Inc.
Chairman of the board & Founder, Gurunavi, Inc.
|Administrators||HIBINO Katsuhiko||Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts|
|ISHIADA Yoshio||Inspector, East Japan Railway Company|
|ISHIWATARI Tsuneo||Chairman, Keikyu Corporation|
|KUBO Seiichiro||President & Representative Director, Gurunavi, Inc.|
|KUMA Kengo||Professor at The University of Tokyo|
|UMEZAKI Hisashi||Senior Advisor, Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
Chairman, Metro Cultural Association
|Executive Director||NISHIKAWA Megumi||Executive Director, Japan Traffic Culture Association|
|Inspectors||OSUGA Yorihiko||Advisor, Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.|
|TAKEUCHI Tetsuo||Advisor, Transportation Culture Promotion Foundation|
|Chairman||MATSUURA Koichiro||The eighth Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)|
|Trustees||HARADA Kazuyuki||President & Representative Director, Keikyu Corporation|
|IWASAKI Yuichi||Advisor, Japan Council of Shopping Centers|
|KATO Akiko||Executive Director, Japan Future Leaders School
President, AFS Intercultural Programs
|MUROFUSHI Kimiko||Ph.D., President, Ochanomizu University|
|NEZU Yoshizumi||President & Representative Director, Tobu Railway Co., LTD.|
|NOMOTO Hirofumi||Chairman & Representative Director, Tokyu Corporation|
|SHUKURI Masafumi||Chairman, Japan Transport Research Institute
Guest Professor, the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy
|TAKI Hiroko||President & Representative Director, Pandanet Inc.|
|Advisors||MIYATA Ryohei||Commissioner for Cultural Affairs /
Metal Craft Artist
|NOYORI Ryoji||Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency|
(as of July 1, 2017 / in alphabetical order)