I have accepted the presidency of the Japan Society of Colour Material (JSCM) for the fiscal years 2016 and 2017 at the board meeting on February 26, 2016. As the new president, I would like to extend my greetings to all of the JSCM members.
The Japan Society of Colour Material (JSCM) is an academic body in the field of colour and coating materials. Consisting of private corporations, universities, public research organizations, and their staff members, the registered membership of the Society includes 160 corporate bodies and 1,000 individuals. The responsibility for the management of the Society this fiscal year is handled by the President, four Vice Presidents, Mr. Tetsuo Ogawa (head office), Mr. Shuji Sano (Kanto branch office, Eastern Japan), Dr. Toshikatsu Kobayashi (Kansai branch, Western Japan), Dr. Koji Takahashi (Chubu branch office, Central Japan), three Auditors, Mr. Koichiro Murata, Dr. Hiroshi Hosaka, Mr. Toshio Hattori and the Editorial Committee Chairman, Dr. Masashi Shibata.
Following the path of our previous presidents, I will make an effort to offer chances of studying both JSCM's traditional technologies and the most advanced technologies to young researchers and engineers who bear the next generation. I would also like to provide these persons with an opportunity to play an active part on international stages. I expect to continue giving members the opportunity to attend conventional events such as seminars, various lectures and observations through which they can mutually improve their skills and build human contacts. It is also my aim to actively promote professional exchange among industrial, government and academic sectors and also between different industries.
As for internationalization, I would like to make our presence global by participating primarily in activities of the CSI (Coatings Societies International). Also I am planning to establish a system where the JSCM can play the role of mediator between Japan and developing countries especially Southeast Asian countries. For instance, JSCM would interview them about their technological needs and then inquire about the solutions from domestic organizations in Japan and then arrange for them to meet.
Lastly, the Japan Society of Colour Material has marked 89 years since its foundation this year and will be celebrating a landmark 90th anniversary in 2017. We will start planning the commemorative event this year. At the same time, we will also need a plan to make the Society more attractive for membership growth. In order to revitalize the Society as a whole, we need many young researchers and engineers to participate in JSCM activities. I am looking forward to seeing them become a new integral part of our Society by introducing future-bearing, cutting-edge technologies not only in pigments, paints and printing ink fields but also in nanotechnology, life science, environmental and energy affairs.
President, Japan Society of Colour Materials