Headquarters: Nagoya City, Aichi
Chairman: Koei Tsuge
Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) is the main railway company operating in the Chubu region of central Japan, and noted especially as owner and operator of the the Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station. It is one of the seven private companies created by the breakup of the state-run Japanese National Railways in 1987. Its annual income is in the range of US$15 billion.
-Residents of Shizuoka Prefecture prepare to launch a lawsuit against JR Central in order to stop the construction of the Chuo Shinkansen, citing the same environmental concerns as Governor Heita Kawakatsu.
-President Shin Kaneko says that extending the Chuo Shinkansen service to Osaka by 2037, as had been planned, is now unlikely to be realized due to the delay in Shizuoka Prefecture construction.
-Vice-Minister of Transport Kozo Fujita visits Shizuoka in an apparent attempt to pressure Governor Heita Kawakatsu to reverse his earlier decision to order a halt to construction of JR Central’s Chuo Shinkansen. The governor maintains his opposition.
-Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu officially notifies JR Central that it must stop construction of the Chuo Shinkansen maglev, part of which is to run through Shizuoka. The governor feels that environmental protection measures are insufficient.