I have accepted the Presidency of the Japan Society of Colour Material (JSCM) effective February 26, 2014, succeeding the previous President, Dr. Norimichi Kawashima (Prof. of International Pacific University ). He had made a great effort to develop international activities of JSCM , by attending and making lectures by himself at the international CSI (Coatings Societies International) members' conferences. He also conducted the 85th JSCM anniversary conference held in 2013 through planning and operating it, and by receiving the foreign guests warmly. The conference welcomed more than 20 foreign participants. The number of presentation was about 110 including domestic contribution. The range of treated area by presentation and discussion was not only on the development of colour materials, but on nanotechnology, life science, environmental and energy affears. CSI meetings was also held during the anniversary conference, discussing the progress of colour and coating materials and further development of CSI. I would like to express my thanks to Dr. Kawashima.
JSCM is the only academic and professional organization in the field of colour materials in Japan. The registered membership of the Society includes 160 corporate bodies and 1,000 individuals, variously engaged in research, production, application and management at universities, colleges, institutes and industrial companies. The responsibility for the management of the Society is handled by the President, four Vice Presidents, Mr. Hisashi Isaka (head office), Mr. Yoshiaki Okumura (Kanto branch office, Eastern Japan), Dr. Toshikatsu Kobayashi (Kansai branch, Western Japan), Dr. Koji Takahashi (Chubu branch office, Central Japan), Dr. Masashi Shibata, the Editorial Committee Chairman, Mr.Koichiro Murata, Dr. Hiroshi Hosaka and Mr. Toshio Hattori, the auditor. Mr. Hisashi Isaka is mainly responsible for General Affairs and Liaison, and the other Vice Presidents are primarily responsible for the local branches.
The president before last, Dr. Masahiko Abe, enhanced JSCM through incorporating the colloid and surface chemistry, his specialty, as a specific area of JSCM and launched a new JSCM seminar "Colloidal Chemistry Relating Colour Materials". The former president, Dr. Norimichi Kawashima, developed the international activities of JSCM. I will basically follow these predecessor's policy and way. That is, I will provide the place of study and the acquaintances construction for members through conventional events such as an annual conference, various seminars, and the observation. I will make efforts to enhance the exchange of technical informations between industry‐government‐university and between different type of industries.
Especially, I would like to offer chances of studying both JSCM's traditional (inherent) technologies and modern technologies to young engineers and researchers who bear the next generation of JSCM. I also intend to offer these persons an opportunity to play an active part at international stages.
I am now considering how JSCM play a roll of mediator connecting foreign countries, especially Southeast Asia countries, and Japan. For instance, JSCM corrects the technical problems in the developing countries, inquiring the solutions from domestic members and arranges to meet them. Another possibility is to settle a technical session at the annual conference of JSCM where (english) presentations by foreign engineers and researchers are accepted comfortably. The above instances are still under idea stage and will discussed in the management committee toward realization during late years.
President, Japan Society of Colour Materials