Several companies from the Japanese rail industry have formed a consortium. They are interested in participating in aspects of the California high-speed rail project such as train cars, signaling and communications, and operations and maintenance. The consortium conducts a variety of promotional and other related activities.
In April 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe personally made the case for the competitive advantages of the Shinkansen to California Governor Jerry Brown as part of a joint promotional effort between the Japanese government and the private sector.
In November 2015, a Japanese delegation met with Governor Brown and discussed the California high-speed rail project and the Shinkansen system. The delegation was led by Mr. Junzo Yamamoto, Senior Vice Minister for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and Mr. Masaji Matsuyama, a Liberal Democratic Party Upper House Diet member who serves as Vice Chair of the Japan-California Parliamentary Friendship League. The delegation also included several other LDP Upper House Diet members (Mr. Yasutada Ono, Mr. Seishi Baba, Ms. Mizuho Onuma, and Mr. Iwao Horii).
A Shinkansen simulator was also installed at the California State Rail Museum in November 2015, providing an opportunity for people to experience Japanese Shinkansen technology.