Company: Osaka City
Family Name: Kawai
Given Name: Hideaki
Organization: Osaka Metro
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Kawai joined Panasonic in 1977 and worked his way up to several top level executive positions, including chief financial officer. He also played a significant role in the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives. In 2018, he was appointed the inaugural president of Osaka Metro.
When the anticipated Yumeshima IR opens its doors in 2024, visitors might be able to travel to it on an Osaka Metro system which allows them entry without presenting any tickets or smartcards, and conveyed by trains without human drivers. This was part of the vision unveiled by Osaka Metro President Hideaki Kawai at a press conference last Friday.
The newly-privatized Osaka Metro, which operates the local subway system, sees the development of non-railway income, especially from Yumeshima, as the key driver for future revenue growth.
In its first medium-term plan since its privatization and renaming in April, the Osaka Metro has specified that it intends to extend its Chuo Line from its current terminus at Cosmo Square to a new station at Yumeshima by FY2024.