I am deeply saddened by the passing of JR Central Chairman Emeritus Kasai Yoshiyuki. Not only was Chairman Kasai a leader in the field of high-speed rail engineering, but he also was a life-long supporter of the U.S.-Japan Alliance. His legacy will live on through the strength of the Alliance and our cooperation on rail technology.
I send my sincere condolences to his family and the JR Central community. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered on both sides of the Pacific.