Professor Hiroshi Isohata has visited the bridge with Professor Roland Paxton. Professor Isohata teaches engineering at the College of Industrial Technology at Nihon University. He kindly became a member of the Friends group while he was here. He was met by Gordon Miller who spent a considerable amount of time explaining the history of the bridge and showing him photographs of his own study. Then Professor Isohata inspected the bridge himself, noting the replacement temporary hangers. He was very impressed with the bridge and will use it as a case study in his lectures. He said the oldest suspension bridge in Japan was 100 years old. He personally worked on the Akashi Straits bridge, which has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world.