Railway Technical Research institute (RTRI)


The Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) was incorporated on December 10, 1986, just before the privatization and division of Japanese National Railways (JNR) and started operation to take over the research and development activities of JNR when Japan Railway (JR) Companies were established on April 1, 1987. In the scheme to reform the public interest corporation system, RTRI was accredited by the Prime Minister to reorganize itself as a public interest corporation on April 1, 2011.

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RTRI is now steadily challenging innovation of railway technologies covering basic to application researches in the fields of rolling stock, civil engineering, electrical engineering, information technology, materials, the environment and human sciences.


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