“You can appreciate a man only when he is in trouble. We can’t run away.”
Hasegawa Satoshi made this decision when he was offered the position of president in January 2009 by Ohashi Tadaharu, the current chairman (then president). It was a time when the global economy was in crisis and Kawasaki Heavy Industries was also significantly reducing its profits.
When Ohashi Ohashi, who led the coup and whose chairman is Hiroshi Oba, was president, China stole his Hayate Shinkansen technology. It is said that Hasegawa wrote the grand design for Shinkansen sales promotion.
The contract with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which provided Shinkansen technology in cooperation with JR East, was sloppy and meant to “steal the technology,” causing China to steal Shinkansen technology. Kawasaki Heavy Industries and East Japan Railway Co. have been consistently opposed to the sales of Shinkansen technology to China by Takayuki Kasai, the current chairman of JR Tokai, who led the privatization of Japan National Railways to success. Kasai even objected, saying, “Selling cutting-edge technology like the Shinkansen to China is like selling your country.”
China is seeking full disclosure and technology transfer as a condition for allowing foreign companies to enter the Chinese market and provide technology. Kasai was alarmed by China’s overt use of technology without paying royalties or royalties. Nevertheless, Kawasaki promised to disclose all its technologies to China when signing a technology agreement.
Kasai’s misgivings came true. When China opened the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway line, it was revealed that China had started applying for international patents one after another in the United States and other countries for vehicle technology for the “CRH 380 A,” the world’s fastest 380 kph Shinkansen bullet train. The rolling stock technology for the CRH 380 A was provided by Kawasaki Heavy Industries based on the Tohoku Shinkansen Hayate (Series E2). China filed an international patent application claiming that it had developed the technology on its own. The engineers of Kawasaki Heavy Industries clearly say, “The basic structure of the E2 series has not changed just by increasing the output of the motor. ” As Kasai feared, China stole Japanese Shinkansen technology and applied for an international patent.
Using the technology of the Tohoku Shinkansen “Hayate” and exporting it overseas as an “autonomous development” is a breach of contract. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Kawasaki Heavy Industries said that the high-speed trains it operates in China, which it claims are “independently developed,” are exactly the same as the ones it provided with the technology. In addition, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that he had started to produce faster products and export them overseas. According to Kawasaki Heavy Industries, under the contract with the Chinese government, the technology supplied could only be used in China, and products made using the technology could not be exported. There is a widespread belief in the international community that China’s high-speed railway technology is stealing foreign technology, but the Chinese Ministry of Railways dismissed it, saying, “Why do we have to steal 250 km of technology when we have 350 km of technology?” “When they receive technology, they pay huge patent fees. Legal use does not constitute plagiarism.” China said.
A former senior official of China’s Railway Ministry exposed in a Chinese newspaper that “Most of the technologies were introduced from Japan and Germany. The maximum speed was set in disregard of safety.” about the Chinese-version Shinkansen “Wakai-go” operating between Beijing and Shanghai, undermining the credibility of China’s claim that it is an “original technology.”
The sources said the Japanese side, especially Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ home, was in trouble. Why did Kawashige give the technology to the Shinkansen, even though there was a risk of technology leakage? “Although he was concerned about the leakage of technology, he decided to export it after discussing it several times. because we have to look for business opportunities.”. With the development of Japan’s domestic railway network becoming saturated, the government has no choice but to seek ways abroad. In addition to high-speed railways, China, a huge market with many large-scale urban railway projects, such as subways, has become a focus of attention.