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ICASF: International Conference of
the Association for the Study of Failure

"Accidents and Safety of
Large-Scale Man-Made Structures"

>> Annoucement in Japanese

Invited Speaker: Prof. Henry Petroski

   The Association for the Study of Failure has invited Dr. Henry Petroski, Prof., Duke University, well known for his publication "To Engineer is Human" and many others. He will be speaking at the ICASF, International Conference of the Association for the Study of Failure. The Chairperson of the association, Prof. Yotaro Hatamura will also give a speach that follows his talk at the Winter Annual Conference last year.

   ICASF is scheduled for Nov. 2nd in Tokyo, and Nov. 3rd in Osaka. The second meeting will repeat the contents of the first. ASF will be entering its seventh year of operation and for the first time, two big names from the east and west will meet in this event. Members are encouraged to mark down one of the two dates. General admission will also be allowed.

Yotaro Hatamura
Chairperson, Association for the Study of Failure
Professor, Kogakuin University
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Henry Petroski
Professor, Duke University
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Member, National Academy of Engineering

   Requests to attend the conference by non-members of ASF shall be sent to Please write down your full name and address to mail the admission ticket in your mail.
   If you do not receive a reply from the administration office of ASF, please call +81-90-7809-0079 or send a fax to +81-3-5800-6997. The deadline for such requests is Oct. 15, 2008.

Seating area for the Tokyo conference
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Seating area for the Osaka conference
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ICASF: International Conference of the Association for the Study of Failure

Theme: Accidents and Safety of Large-Scale Man-Made Structures
Dates, Time, and Location:
      November 2: Tower hall, Academyhills 49th floor, Roppongi, Tokyo.[12:30-16:30]
      November 3: Grand Cube Osaka 12th floor, Conference Hall. [12:30-16:30]

Agenda (Common to both days)
      12:30 Opening
      12:45 Invited Speaker:"Why the Bridge Fell", Henry Petroski
      14:15 break
      14:30 "Nuclear Power Generation and Earthquakes" Yotaro Hatamura
      16:00 Discussion (H. Petroski, Y. Hatamura, moderator: Kenji Iino)
      16:30 Closing remarks

1 day admission:
      ¥2,000 JPY for members of the Association
      ¥8,000 JPY for general admission

H. Petroski's speach in English will be consequtively translated into Japanese. Y. Hatamura's talk will be translated into English if English speaking audience is present.

Supporting Organizations: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
Shinkawa Electric Co., Ltd.
Daifuku Co., Ltd.
Transmission Line Construction CO., LTD.(in Japanese)
Tokyu Car Corporation
Tokyo Electron Limited
Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc.
TODEN KOGYO CO., LTD.(in Japanese)
Tokuyama Corporation
Japan Society of Civil Engineers
West Japan Railway Company
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nippon Densetsu Kogyo Co., Ltd.(in Japanese)
The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers
Japan Airlines International Co., Ltd.
East Japan Railway Company
Fuji Electric Systems Co.,Ltd.
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc, Ichihara Works
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Yamato Protec Corporation

ASF solicits parties to support this event. Please send inquiries to the ASF office.

NPO Association for the Study of Failure
Jinseido Bldg. 302
7-2-5 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, Japan 113-0033
Tel: 090-7809-0079
Fax: 03-5800-6997

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