The Japan Society of Transportation Economics conducts research focusing on transportation economics in reference to transportation policy issues connected to railways, roads, airlines, and marine transport, with the objective of “promoting scientific research on transportation, disseminating knowledge concerning transportation, and contributing to the development of transportation” (JSTE Bylaws).
To that end, the JSTE conducts research on a wide variety of subjects, including comprehensive transportation policies, cities and transportation, regional transportation, fare theories, privatization and deregulation, and environmental problems, and reports the results at research meetings, workshops and lectures. It also publishes a journal Koutsugaku Kenkyu (Annual Report on Transportation Economics), provides research aids and implements other projects to achieve its objectives.
The membership, totaling approximately 530, is comprised of researchers with an interest in transportation economics, experts and research institutions connected to transportation engineering, government agencies and operators.
With continuing globalization, the JSTE has on several occasions held cooperative international academic and cultural exchange with the German Scientific Association of Transport and the Korean Society of Transportation, and has thus earned a high evaluation by the international transportation economics community.
The JSTE has an open door approach to membership which is available to everyone with an interest in transportation policies with the goal of achieving a better transportation policy that is capable of supporting both society and the economy.