The buds of the daffodils are swelling as we await the longed-for coming of the spring season. I look forward to your renewed enthusiastic support for JANS again this year.
A new emperor will ascend to the Imperial throne from May 1, 2019, and the Japanese calendar will then change from Heisei to a new era. This past term (2017-2019) the current Board of Directors will have served the Japan Academy of Nursing Science (JANS) for the final two years of the Heisei era, and besides feeling the changes that occurred during this period, we hope that in the forthcoming new era "Nursing Science" will contribute to Japanese society more than ever and also contribute strongly to international society.
In the Spring Japanese Imperial honors conferment of 2018, JANS Honorary Member, Professor Misako Kojima, was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (Third Class). Furthermore, at the 4th Lights upon the Mountain (Sanjo-no-hikari-sho) awards ceremony on June 20, Professor Hiroko Minami was recognized in the Nursing and Health Section. I would like to congratulate them both from my heart. In December, the 38th Academic Conference of the Japan Academy of Nursing Science (JANS 38) was held at Ehime by Chairperson, Professor Yuka Saeki (Ehime University, Graduate School of Medicine), based around the theme of "What are the certainties of nursing now in this age of uncertainty?" Various projects were prepared around the science in nursing, a total of 3,354 participants were welcomed and the conference closed as a great success. I would like to thank and congratulate Chairperson Professor Yuka Saeki and all her supporting volunteers for their magnificent effort.
Looking back over the management aspects of JANS, the business foundation has stabilized. This has been achieved through increasing the number of members, the success of the JANS Academic Conferences, the smooth operation of the JANS seminars, and enhancement of the functions of the Board of Directors and the JANS office, and I also want to thank all our Councilors and members for your unstinting support. Now that organizational stability is secured, we are promoting renewal of the JANS website for greater accessibility. Specifically, we are making sure information is easy to search for, that the JANS office staff can change parts of the website that need to be updated, and that the website is also capable of dealing with smartphones as well. We are planning to provide a renewed website in April.
JANS, as a public interest incorporated association based on the construction and development of Nursing Science, aims to contribute to Japanese society and to contribute internationally. Having added "Nursing Care Development/Standardization" to the purpose and function of JANS, we created a Nursing Care Development/Standardization Committee to support these new activities; it is continuing its current work on preparing Feeding and Swallowing Care Guidelines. Their progress was reported at a symposium at JANS 38.
In connection with our organization, we are revising the rules of the JANS Constitution to exempt JANS membership fees for members who are disaster victims, to increase the fixed number of Councilors in committees, and to align the projects stated in the articles of incorporation with committee activities. Also, in order to facilitate the publication of our Japanese-language journal, Journal of Japan Academy of Nursing Science, the process from article submission to article publication has been posted as an algorithm on the JANS website for greater transparency. Furthermore, as the number of annual article submissions now exceeds 160, we plan to change the regulations to allow the Editor-in-Chief position to be shared by 3 members. At the Councilors General Meeting held on December 14 and at the 38th JANS General Assembly held on December 15, I reported these changes at both occasions.
For the 41st Academic Conference of Japan Academy of Nursing Science (JANS 41) in 2021, we have asked Professor Yumiko Momose, Aichi Prefectural University, to be Chairperson of the Academic Conference. This year’s 39th Annual Conference of Japan Academy of Nursing Science (JANS 39) , with Kazuko Ishigaki, Professor and Dean of Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University, as Conference Chairperson, will be held on November 30 and December 1, with the theme of "Human-to-human science applied to Nursing; eternal truths to take nursing science to another dimension". I look forward to meeting many of you there.
Last but not least, this term’s Board of Directors (2017-2019) will continue until the Councilors General Meeting in June. The Board would like to continue to reflect the opinions of everyone in the management of the Academy. Please do not hesitate to express your frank opinion through your Representatives, Directors, Auditors, JANS office staff, etc.
The resolutions of the 38th JANS Academic Conference, Annual General Assembly and Councilors General Meeting held in December, 2018 are reported below.