The author would like to acknowledge the assistance of Geoff Holdridge, the WTEC staff, and Alexandra Doumani of ATI, Inc. for assistance in planning and simplifying the logistics related to the trip to Japan. He would also like to acknowledge the special assistance given by Mr. Uemura of Tonen Corporation, Drs. T. Hoshijima and T. Ando of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Dr. T. Nakatsuji of Shimizu Corporation, and Dr. H. Maikuma of Nippon Steel Corporation. This author is grateful for their cooperation and assistance in setting up visits and discussions, and for their hospitality during the author's visit to Japan. The author would also like to thank the personnel and companies that enabled him to conduct a large number of very informative site visits.

Due to unique circumstances, the author was fortunate to have the opportunity to join the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Scanning Panel on Advanced Composites in Bridges in Europe and Japan for a portion of his visit to Japan. He would like to thank the FHWA and the panel members for this opportunity.1

1 Editor's note: the FHWA panel's report is available from FHWA as Publication No. FHWA-PL-98-007. Contact FHWA for more information: 202-366-9636 (telephone); 202-366-9626 (fax); (email); (WWW).

Published: April 1999; WTEC Hyper-Librarian