The sky at the beginning of this year was bright and radiant, and the bustle of last year seemed like a dream. But in the news of the terrorist attack reported on New Year's Day, anguished expressions conveyed the loss of precious people, time and even space, making me realize again that nothing is truly settled, we are working in the midst of turbulence and political upheaval. There appears to be a school of thought that the fear that the coloring of politics and economics by protectionism may once again lead along the previously trodden path to war will not eventuate because the prosperity within each country leads to re-repair. In such an era, we must consistently act as an organization of experts aimed at protecting people's health and well-being. I would like to once again reaffirm in my heart the role of our Academy to value diversity and to protect the freedom of expression and research activities.
In December last year at the Tokyo International Forum, the 36th JANS Academic Conference (JANS36) was a great success, based on the theme ‘Systems Design and Nursing Research to Increase Happiness of People,’ attended by a total of 4,306 participants. All abstracts were uploaded to the Conference application to provide full feedback functions and memo functions for presenters, providing a unified atmosphere, both in the live spaces and on the Web presence too. A multi-year contract has been signed for the Conference application, enabling us to continue to use it at future conferences, and to develop it further. I would like to express my thanks to those instructors who conveyed their enthusiasm to their younger colleagues, providing them this opportunity to benefit from their experience at this conference. I doff my cap to the energy of everyone in the JANS Young Scientists’ Network, who prepared the location for this to happen and literally did a lot of the legwork running around. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation, starting with Conference Chairperson Keiko Okaya, Tokyo Medical University for hosting this conference, and the many other people who provided their support.
The Councilors General Meeting was held on December 9, the day before the 36th JANS Academic Conference, and the Academic Conference AGM was held on the 10th. At the Councilors General Meeting, we received valuable comments about future JANS activities and operation methods. We were able to reconfirm that all those who created this Academy and fostered its growth, and the younger members carrying on that tradition, and we board members too, value JANS highly and are working together in the same direction with belief in the future. It was with great pleasure that JANS recognized as new honorary members Junko Kondo and Masako Yano. It was a great encouragement to all of us that our honorary members attended the Councilors General Meeting and Conference AGM. We were also able to share with the recipients their pleasure when the Outstanding Paper Awards and Manuscript Recognition Awards were bestowed upon them.
In late October this year, the 5th Conference of the World Academy of Nursing Science (WANS) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. Please do participate in this conference in Thailand, a land of smiles with deep ties with Japan.
The 39th JANS Academic Conference (JANS39) will be held in 3 years time, with Kazuko Ishigaki, President of Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University, as the Conference Chairperson. This conference will be held in the Hokuriku region, boasting both proud traditions and rapid progress with the development of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train, so we can all look forward to a Conference that is an exciting fusion of tradition and innovation, a place for creation of new values.
This year’s 37th JANS Academic Conference (JANS37) will be held in the city of forests, Sendai. Presided over by Professor Toyoko Yoshizawa, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, the conference theme is ‘Diversity Design in Nursing, Aiming for Care Innovation Demanded by Society.’ As an innovative step, N-AGORA and digital posters will be incorporated. So mark December 16 and 17 on your calendar to spend in Sendai. Expect a variety of new experiences at JANS37 while enjoying what Tohoku has to offer in winter. I look forward to getting together with many of you there.
Now, as announced by the Election Administration Committee, JANS is facing an election of the Board of Directors with the term of the current Board of Directors expiring as of the June Councilors General Meeting. In anticipation of this handover, I want to clarify the issues facing this Academy concerning future management. I think future issues may concern the method of holding and continuity of Academic Conferences, medium and long term planning for management of the Academy’s office, evaluation and prospects for financial management of the Academy, evaluation and development as a public interest corporation, and policy measures towards further collaboration with clinicians. We ask you our members for your continued straight opinions presented to the Academy through your local Councilors, Directors, Auditors and office staff.
Although the cold weather still lingers, I hope you all stay fit and healthy, and enjoy continued prosperity along with the Academy this year.
The resolutions of the 36th JANS Academic Conference AGM and Councilors General Meeting held on December 9, 2016 are reported below.