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Japan Socio-Gerontological Society

Chief director greetings
 It is my great honor to be elected in 2014 election as a President of Japan Socio-Gerontological Society, hereinafter referred to as “the Society”. In my next four-year term, I am committed to development of the Society, and to realization of the community where the elderly in Japan as well as around the world are able to lead meaningful life with sound physical and mental health.
 The Society was established in 1959 during the period of rapid growth, when the elderly rate was 5.6%. It was 11 years prior to the time when the elderly rate exceeded 7% and Japan became the “aging society” by definition. In 2013, the elderly rate was 25.1% and Japan has become “super-aging society”, where the elderly rate exceeds 21%. I very much admire our distinguished seniors who had foresight for coming problems of the aging society, way ahead of time. There are now seven societies, including ours, which constitute the Japan Gerontological Society.
 The Society is very unique with its member’s interdisciplinary background around aging. The Society members’ specialty includes but not limited to sociology, economics, social welfare, psychology, architectonics, health sciences, nursing, medicine, and public health. Participation of the practitioners and the clinicians in addition to the researchers makes the Society very distinct. The Society holds annual academic conferences and quarterly publishes the Japanese Journal of Gerontology. I strongly believe that the Society provides various chances to the members to continuously grow as specialists in gerontology with broad perspective, by getting wide-ranging knowledge and learning something new through interaction with peers with different backgrounds.
 It is unfortunate that the number of members of the Society has not changed much in recent years, in spite of expectation from the general public and contribution of the members. It is possible that the members are not well informed of the activities of the Society, which causes insufficient voice of the Society. Therefore, I will send out messages more actively to foster young gerontological researchers and practitioners. I also would like to enhance our international exchange in order to share our experience and to learn from the other countries.
 I strive for you to be happy to be a member of the Society. I strongly hope all of you to actively involve to the Society.
Japanese Journal of Gerontology Office work center
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