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International Exchange

Japan has benefited from the international exchange of bridge technology. Among all, the Honshu-Shikoku Bridges owe greatly to the recent development of the technology of modern suspension bridges, first realized by New York's Brooklyn Bridge and further developed by the U.S. and the U.K., as well as the development of long-span cable-stayed bridges in Europe. From this viewpoint, HSBE has been promoting positive relationships to share valuable experiences on long-span bridge technology with many foreign organizations. In addition, HSBE cooperates with domestic and overseas agencies to offer official training programs to spread and transfer the latest knowledge on bridge engineering.


Sister Bridges

The following bridges of the Honshu-Shikoku Bridges have signed the sister bridge affiliations with foreign long-span bridges.


Honshu-Shikoku BridgesSister BridgesCountryDate of Signing
Seto-OhashiGolden GateThe United StatesApril-1988
Seto-OhashiFatih Sultan MehmetTurkeyJuly-1988
Akashi-KaikyoGreat BeltDenmarkJune-1998
TataraNormandyFranceMay-1999
Seto-OhashiOresundDenmark-SwedenMay-2008


The bridge affiliations can provide developing a mutually widening scope of commercial, social, and cultural exchanges for both countries and both organizations.


Golden Gate BridgeFatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
Great Belt BridgeNormandy Bridge
Oresund Bridge

MOU for Cooperation

HSBE singed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for mutually beneficial relationship with Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC) on May 8, 2009. This is the first event that HSBE have signed MOU with overseas organizations.


HSBE and KEC are managing and operating well-known long-span bridges. In addition, the role of both the organizations is to construct, manage and operate expressways. We, HSBE and KEC, are responsible for making efforts to improve our technologies for drivers to use expressways safely, easily and comfortably.


HSBE has held the technical conference with KEC to exchange mutually technical information every year according to the MOU



Technical Conference with KEC

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