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Sam Tabuchi

Professor, Toyo University PPP Graduate School
Director, Asia PPP Institute

Professor Tabuchi teaches PPP – Public Private Partnership at the graduate school of Economics Department of Toyo University, started in 2006.  Like many of the advanced nations, Japan experiences the shortage in public funds to build and rebuild the needed public facilities and provide public services especially at local and prefecture levels.

Toyo University has also established the Asia PPP Institute (A3P) in 2011 with co-honorary chairs of Chancellor Shiokawa (former finance minister in Koizumi Administration) of the university and Dr. Mahathir, former prime minister of Malaysia to meet the challenges in Asian growth.  According to Asian Development Bank (ADB), over $8 trillion needed for the infrastructure and economic growth in the region but only $500 billion maybe available by United Nations, World Bank, ADB and Asian nations.  The purpose of A3P is to support the development of Asian countries by providing knowledge, education and capacity building in PPP for Asia in working with many academic institutions, public and private sectors in Asia.  

Tabuchi also serves the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe – UN ECE PPP Initiatives as its executive board member and a vice chair of the board to support the UN effort for the development of PPP, knowledge and capacity building around the world.  In that capacity, Tabuchi is responsible the conceptual study of the rehabilitation of the UN Geneva complex ($630 million) by PPP, which will be presented to the UN Office of Geneva (European Headquarters) in the spring of 2013 and the Office of Secretary General in New York.

Tabuchi has worked with the State of Florida, US Trade Development Office on loan and has experience in developing PPP projects from public and private industries during his over 30 year stay in US.  Tabuchi was the president of Maglev Transit, Inc., which received the state certificate from the state of Florida and received $100 million from the 1991 ISTEA legislation for the maglev demonstration project in Florida in 1990’s.  He was also involved for the Florida High Speed Rail project and served International High Speed Rail/Maglev Association as a board member.  He has worked with ULI – Urban Land Institute of US for its advance to Japan.

He has completed his undergraduate degree at Rikkio University in Tokyo and the post graduate in Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University.