• To overcome the difficulties that we face Japan, promoting the art and culture are indispensable.
  • Through scholarship Takifuji foundation and The International TAKIFUJI Art Award, we support young generation who will be the future’s pioneer.
  • Through The Traffic Culture Exhibition, we contribute to the traffic culture and the tourism culture of Japan.
  • By popularizing and promoting public art, we aim at further development of art and culture.


TAKI Hisao

Japan Traffic Culture Association is contributing to the progress of the world by developing the art and cultural activities.

TAKI Hisao
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Japan Traffic Culture Association
Director General
TAKI Hisao
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Japan Traffic Culture Association, Director General

Seventy-seven years have passed since the end of World War II, and as Japanese society has matured, people have come to share a common understanding of the need to break away from the supremacy of economic growth and materialism. When we think about where to look for a vision for the future of our country, and what new image of Japan we should present to the world, we believe that it lies in art and culture. With this in mind, the Association has been actively engaged in artistic and cultural activities, focusing on cultural activities related to transportation.

The Association was established in 1948 by TAKI Fujitaro, a journalist who presided over a railroad magazine, with the aim of contributing to the culture of transportation, and was renamed the “Traffic Culture Exhibition” in 2001. Every autumn, the exhibition is held in public spaces such as JR Ueno Station, downtown of Tokyo, providing an opportunity for people from all over Japan to see outstanding works of photography and haiku. We also have two scholarship programs. Since its establishment in 1968, the “Takifuji Foundation” has provided scholarship to a total of about 1,900 students who are children of railroad workers. Another scholarship, the International TAKIFUJI Art Award, launched in 1980, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019.

For the further development of art and culture, we are focusing on public art. Installing art in public spaces and increasing the opportunities for people to be naturally exposed to art and culture is also important in aiming for a more comfortable society. In 2000, we compiled a report on culture called “Proposal regarding the Promotion of Public Art” and presented it to experts in the fields of politics, finance, and art.

Based on the above ideas, we will continue to move forward steadily. I would like to ask for your understanding, support, and cooperation in our activities.


Established September 30, 1948
Location Tokyo Takarazuka Bldg., 1-3, Yurakucho 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0006
TEL: +81-3-3504-2221
FAX: +81-3-3504-2224



Board Name Profession
Director General TAKI Hisao Chairman & Founder, NKB Inc.
Chairman of the board & Founder, Gurunavi, Inc.
Administrators AIHARA Kazuyuki Deputy Director, International Research Center for Neurointelligence, The University of Tokyo, Institutes for Advanced Study
HIBINO Katsuhiko President, Tokyo University of the Arts
KUMA Kengo Special Professor, The University of Tokyo
MUROFUSHI Kimiko Professor Emeritus, Ochanomizu University
UMEZAKI Hisashi Advisor Emeritus, Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
Executive Director NISHIKAWA Megumi Trustee of Japan French House,Public Interest Incorporated Association
Inspectors ISHIADA Yoshio Advisor, JR‐East Personnel Service
OSUGA Yorihiko Advisor, Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Chairman MATSUURA Koichiro The eighth Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Trustees Bernard DELMAS Senior Advisor, Michelin Group
Outside Director, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
KATO Akiko Executive Director, Japan Future Leaders School
President, AFS Intercultural Programs
HARADA Kazuyuki Chairman of the Board & Representative Director, Keikyu Corporation
NEZU Yoshizumi President & Representative Director, Tobu Railway Co., LTD.
NOMOTO Hirofumi Chairman of the Board & Representative Director, Tokyu Corporation
YAMAKI Toshimitsu Advisor, Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
TAKI Hiroko President & Representative Director, Pandanet Inc.
TOYA Takayuki President & Representative Director, NKB Inc.
Advisors MIYATA Ryohei Metal Craft Artist
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of the Arts
NOYORI Ryoji Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency

(as of July 1, 2022)


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