• To overcome the difficulties that we face Japan, promoting the art and culture are indispensable.
  • Through scholarship Takifuji foundation and 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

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.


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 HIBINO Katsuhiko Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
ISHIADA Yoshio Advisor, JR‐East Personnel Service
ISHIWATARI Tsuneo Chairman, Keikyu Corporation
KUBO Seiichiro Former President & Representative Director, Gurunavi, Inc.
KUMA Kengo Professor at The University of Tokyo
UMEZAKI Hisashi Advisor, Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
Executive Director NISHIKAWA Megumi Trustee of Japan French House,Public Interest Incorporated Association
Inspectors 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 HARADA Kazuyuki President & Representative Director, Keikyu Corporation
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.
TOYA Takayuki President & Representative Director, NKB Inc.
Advisors NOYORI Ryoji Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency
MIYATA Ryohei Commissioner for Cultural Affairs
Metal Craft Artist

(as of January 20, 2020 / in alphabetical order)


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