The event was run by 2 professors from the US who have a relationship with a professor from the University of Tokyo. We had a symposium at the University where we discussed the way we build our volumes and compared it to how they build theirs in Japan. It was clear that we had different opinions on whose method is better but the interaction was very positive.
Over the week long trip, we attended the Summit, visited sites to watch the set process, visited with international experts in the field and did a little site seeing. It was an informative trip where we learned how other groups in different countries attack the same problems with the ultimate goal to improve efficiencies within our own.