Japanese Group of IABSE


Prof. Yozo Fujino
Institute of Advanced Sciences Hodogaya-ku Yokohama 240-8501 JAPAN


Mr. Masami Shiratsuchi
Japanese Society of Steel Construction 3F Aminosan Kaikan Building, 3-15-8 Nihonbashi, Chuo-Ku Tokyo 103-0027 JAPAN

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The IABSE award celebration for the Mukogawa Bridge, the finalist for Outstanding Structure Award, was held on February 3, 2020 in Japan. The Mukogawa Bridge is the first recipient of this award as road bridge in Japan. A total of 60 persons attended the celebration including Prof. Manabu Ito (Former president of IABSE), Prof. Yozo Fujino (Honorary Member of IABSE), Prof. Shunichi Nakamura (Vice-president of IABSE), Mr. Toyohito Ikeda (Director-General, Road Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism), West Nippon Expressway Company Ltd (owner), Sumitomo Mitsui Construction (designer and contractor) and bridge engineers and experts. This bridge is the first structure in the world combining the butterfly web and the extradosed bridge. This led to a significant reduction in the total weight of the superstructure and increased seismic resistance. Due to the recent shortage of skilled workers in Japan, precast concrete technology was employed for labour saving construction to raise productivity. Prefabricated precast members were applied for the pier head and the external surfaces of the piers. These unique solutions were presented at the celebration. It is declared that we should make efforts to further develop new technologies in Japan and to release them to the world.

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Prof. Manabu Ito
(Former president of IABSE)
  Prof. Yozo Fujino
(Honorary Member of IABSE)
  Prof. Shunichi Nakamura
(Vice-president of IABSE)

November 7-8 - 2nd IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium in East Asia
(Report by Shunichi Nakamura, Japan: PDF)

October 24-25 - IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium in East Asia
(Tongji University, Shanghai, China)

The IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium in East Asia was jointly organized for the first time by the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Groups of IABSE. The colloquium was initiated by Profs. Shunichi Nakamura, Limin Sun and Hyun-Moo Koh in April 2018. For more information, click here to download the short report. Photos from Colloquium.