Since November 1990, systematic research has been carried out in preparation for a Japanese draft of structural design guidelines for the experimental fusion reactor. This report summarizes the major results of the work and the status of these efforts. A classification of components and definition of operating conditions are proposed on the basis of the ITER-CDA design, in the light of the safety characteristics of the fusion reactor and relevant conventions for the existing fission reactor design code. Specific issues regarding the structural design of the experimental fusion reactors are discussed based on the experimental and analytical work. The validity of the existing structural design method is confirmed for the use of irradiated 316 SS, irrespective of the significant reduction in uniform elongation capability caused by heavy neutron irradiation. Further important phenomena are treated such as magnetic damping, magnetic stiffness and fracture due to electromagnetic forces. Finally, the issues concerned with welding and non-destructive examinations are discussed with relevance to component classification.