The 8th GIFTS Symposium

November 29th (Tue), 2022, 13:30 - 16:30
Language: Japanese/English

Purpose of the Symposium

Theme: Traffic Culture Creates Value

It has almost been 2 years since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) began to take over the world around January 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic led to various restrictions on our daily lives. Among them, one of the most noteworthy might be mobility restrictions. And through the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been reminded that a safe environment is a major premise of urban life including mobility, and what benefits mobility itself brings to people around the world.

By connecting with other people and forming a community and culture, people can enhance creativity of themselves and their communities and society. The state of the community and the state of mobility affects people’s creativity and changes the value of the community itself. I believe that the value standard of “positive” benefits from living and mobility is unique and local in its nature.

By the way, there are two aspects when talking about mobility or urban planning. One is the negative aspect, such as traffic accidents, environmental pollution, and parking problems, and the other is the positive aspect, such as the pleasures and joys of moving and the realization of a good life. When talking about the future of cities, we need to consider how to increase the positive benefits from living and mobility itself in the city in a safe environment, as well as how to decrease the negative aspects.

In the past, through GIFTS, we have been discussing the elimination of traffic fatalities and the society, systems, and cities to achieve that, i.e., how to decrease the negative aspects. In this year’s GIFTS, I expect that we will discuss the ideal traffic society and urban planning from the perspective of the positive benefits as described above, with an eye toward the post-COVID-19 society. Two years from now, on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of IATSS, we will aim to make proposals for the realization of the ideal traffic society based on both the positive and negative aspects.

General Information

Event Name

Global Interactive Forum on Traffic and Safety (GIFTS)


2022.11.29(TUE)13:30~16:30 (JST)


Otemachi Place Conference Center

2-3-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Remote participation is also possible for those who cannot come to the venue


Hybrid Meeting (On Site & Remote)

Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

Registration period
  • 2022.9.11 (SUN)~2022.11.11 (FRI) 23:59 (On site)
  • 2022.9.11 (SUN)~2022.11.28 (MON) 23:59 (Online)

Anyone can join. (Online registration required)

Registration fee



Participants are welcome to join on-site symposium. If the on-site registration exceed the seating capacity, on-site registration will be closed. After closing, participants can attend the event by online only.




13:30 – 13:35

Opening Address

Kazuhiko Takeuchi

IATSS President

13:35 – 13:40

Overview of Objectives

Akihiro Nakamura

IATSS Member / GIFTS Executive Committee Chairman

13:40 – 14:20

Keynote Speech

Fumihiko Nakamura

IATSS Member

14:20 – 14:35

Break Time

14:35 – 16:30

Panel Discussion


Fumihiko Nakamura


Susanne Elfferding
Peamsook Sanit
Yumi Vincent-Fujii


Closing Address

Satoshi Kamada

IATSS Executive Director


Fumihiko Nakamura

Fumihiko Nakamura

Member of the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS)
Project Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences,
The University of Tokyo

Dr. Nakamura was born in Niigata City in 1962. He graduated from the Department of Urban Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. Doctor of Engineering (University of Tokyo). After serving as an assistant at the University of Tokyo, an assistant professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, an assistant professor at Yokohama National University, and a professor at Yokohama National University, he assumed the position of a specially appointed professor for the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo, in 2021. He is in charge of the Smart City Design Research Social Cooperation Program. He is Vice Director of Smart City School, the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He is also Representative Director of JCoMaaS. His specialties include urban engineering, urban traffic planning, public traffic policy, and developing countries' urban policy. He has assumed many important positions, including the chair of the Regional Public Transport Subcommittee, the Council for Transport Policy, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. His major books include “Basu de Machizukuri [Urban Planning with Bus],” “Toshi Kotsu no Mobility Design [Mobility Design for Urban Transportation],” “Yoin Toshi [Suggestive City],” and “MaaS ga Yokuwakaru Hon [A Book to Understand MaaS].” At IATSS, he has participated in various projects such as traffic demand management, public transportation, motorcycles, and attendance of students with intellectual disabilities..

Susanne Elfferding

Susanne Elfferding

Dr. Susanne Elfferding is a freelance translator and interpreter specializing in geography. Member of Vereinigung für Stadt-, Regional- und Landesplanung (SRL). She works as a researcher and advisor on urban planning and transportation. Since 2022, she has also been in charge of pedestrian traffic at the Hamburg Ministry of Transport and Mobility Transition. Prior to that, she was a project coordinator for the high-speed bicycle road network in the metropolitan region at the secretariat for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
In April 2008, she received her doctorate (engineering) from Waseda University. Her dissertation was on urban planning and traffic planning in Germany. During her long stay in Japan, she experienced cultural exchanges between Germany and Japan and has worked as a translator and interpreter many times. Urban planning in Germany and Japan has been her specialty since her university days, and she has extensive experience in translation and interpretation related to business, particularly traffic planning, architecture, civil engineering, and the environment.

Peamsook Sanit

Peamsook Sanit

Dr. Peamsook Sanit is a lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She specializes in urban and transportation planning with a particular focus on integrated strategies for sustainable urban mobility in developing countries, including integrated urban land use planning, urban public transport, informal transport, and non-motorized transport infrastructure development. She is researching the future of urban mobility using strategic foresight. Advancements in transport-disruptive technology affect how people live and travel in the digital era; she has been a speaker and active researcher regarding ride-hailing services and one of the first innovative researchers in the concept of MaaS and CASE in Thailand.

Yumi Vincent-Fujii

Yumi Vincent-Fujii

Yumi Vincent-Fujii is known for her interviews and books on community building and city planning showing how urban vitality can be created through comprehensive policies, including public transportation, and creative use of public spaces in city centers.
She is the author of “Town Planning in Strasbourg” (Winner of the 2012 Japan Society of Civil Engineers Publishing Culture Prize), “Renaissance for the small cities and villages in France”, and co-author of “Why Provincial Towns in France don’t have Shuttered Shops” (Gakugei-Shuppannsha).


Registration period
  • 2022.9.11 (SUN)~2022.11.11 (FRI) 23:59 (On site)
  • 2022.9.11 (SUN)~2022.11.28 (MON) 23:59 (Online)


Otemachi Place Conference Center (2nd Floor)

2-3-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access Map

For those coming by train

Tokyo Metro / Toei Subway "Otemachi Station" Directly connected to Exit A5
7 minute walk from JR Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Exit

For those coming from the airport

From Narita Airport

  • Limousine bus 80-90 minutes to
  • Tokyo Station 53 minutes to JR Narita Express Tokyo Station

From Haneda Airport

  • Limousine bus 35-40 minutes to Tokyo Station
  • Keikyu Airport Line Airport Express - 35 minutes to JR Tokyo Station


GIFTS 2022 Secretariat