||Japanese Standards Association Publishes ASTM Handbook for Japanese
by Maryann Gorman
The Japanese Standards Association, as part of an effort to help
interested Japanese understand the workings of major standards
developers, is publishing an informational book about ASTM, the
ASTM Standardization Handbook.
In its preface to the book, JSA notes, ASTM standards have played
a critical role in the fundamental structures of Japans industries.
ASTM standards have helped open up Japans technical communications
and her trade and commercial transactions with the rest of the
world, in particular, with the United States; helped secure interchangeability
of parts; and provided the means for fundamental technology that
has enabled the mass production method, which in turn has contributed
to Japans economic progress. Recognizing the influence of ASTM
standards around the world, JSA has chosen to profile ASTM as
part of a series of books called the Overseas Standards Basic
Knowledge Series. Other profiled organizations are the British
Standards Institution, the International Organization for Standardization,
and the American National Standards Institute.
According to Motonobu Kuroda, head senior consultant, JSA standards
engineering department, The choice of making ASTM a title in
the guidebook series is based on the fact that ASTM standards
are third in sales ranking after ISO/IEC and BS/EN standards.
Secondly, ASTM is so widely applied in industry that there is
great interest in ASTM, from general consumers to industry representatives.
There are over 120 Japanese ASTM technical committee members who
participate in developing standards areas as diverse as fatigue
and fracture testing, composite materials, nuclear technology,
electronics, metals, textiles, and corrosion control. Japan is
the third largest consumer of all ASTM products worldwide, behind
only the United States and Canada, and JSA is one of the largest
distributors of ASTM standards in the world. JSA also translates
ASTM standards into Japanese.
The U.S. standards system, unlike the centralized and largely
government-based standards systems of many other countries, is
decentralized and based in the private sector. Covering ASTM,
one of the largest standards developers in the world, will give
Japanese readers an overview of how one such private-sector SDO
The book summarizes ASTMs operations, its relevance to the global
market, and also overviews:
The extent to which ASTM standards are adopted by the U.S. federal,
state, and local governments;
ASTMs standards development process;
The administration of electronic meetings;
Standards development tools;
Testing, research, and training programs at ASTM; and
ASTM publications and online standards purchasing services.
The book is written in Japanese and is due out Oct. 20, and will
be available in major bookstores in Japan as well as through the
JSA sales network. To obtain copies, contact JSA, 4-1-24 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8440 Japan (phone: 81-3-3583-8005; fax: 81-3-3586-2014).
ASTM is pleased to have been profiled by our Japanese colleagues
in standards development and we look forward to future cooperative
interactions with JSA on the world standards stage.
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