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The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

MARCH 2024


The cover of this month


  • Japan adopted Western bridge-building techniques as part of its extensive modernization, which began in the mid-to-late 19th century. Today, Japanese bridge-building is known for its world-class technology. In this issue of Highlighting Japan, readers will discover a number of very special bridges—one built as a symbol of recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, one that has become a city landmark, the bridges connecting islands, one built in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a Japanese international cooperation project, and others.


  • Interview with Professor Emeritus Yamada Kentaro of Nagoya University

  • Introducing the Kesennuma Bay Crossing Bridge, which the Japanese government has been developing as a major project to promote recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

  • Introducing the Rainbow Bridge, which opened as a multimodal transportation facility connecting the Tokyo Waterfront Subcenter and the city center. It celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2023.

  • Introducing the Mishima Skywalk, a pedestrian-only suspension bridge that offers simultaneous views of Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain, and Suruga Bay, the country's deepest ocean bay.

  • Introducing the Seto Ohashi Bridge, which consists of six bridges connecting Honshu and Shikoku.

  • Introducing the Kanmon Bridge, a 1,068-meter-long suspension bridge that connects Honshu and Kyushu.

  • Introducing the Nirai Kanai Bridge, a hairpin curve on Prefectural Route 86 in Nanjo City on the southern part of the main island of Okinawa.

  • Introducing the Matadi Bridge, a suspension bridge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that was built under an international cooperation project carried out by Japan.