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About JSAS

On assuming the president of Japanese Society of Animal Science

President, Japanese Society of Animal Science (JSAS)

Masahiro Satoh, PhD

(Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University)

 I was appointed the president of Japanese Society of Animal Science (JSAS) at the second meeting of the Board of Directors for the fiscal year 2021 (held on April 24, 2021). Although it is only a small effort, I would like to make every effort for the further development of JSAS.

Since its establishment in 1924 with the aim of contributing to the progress and development of animal science and the livestock industry in Japan, JSAS has made significant contributions to agriculture and the livestock industry in Japan. On the other hand, the research environment for the agriculture remains severe, not to mention the domestic and international circumstances surrounding us, such as the stagnant food self-sufficiency rate, the decrease in the number of farmers and farm bearers, global warming, and the threat of infectious diseases. Under these circumstances, JSAS was assigned as a Public Interest Incorporated Association in 2012 and has been carrying out its activities with a focus on academics as well as contributing to the society, with the aim of "contributing to the development of science and culture by providing a forum for the presentation and dissemination of academic research on livestock industry and the relationship between animals and society, and by promoting the advancement and dissemination of such research and information.” We will continue to promote activities for the betterment of the society based on the principles of JSAS.

In recent years, the number of members of JSAS has been on a gradual decline. The increase or decrease in the number of members is considered to be one indicator of activity of the society. In order to halt the decline in membership and further increase it, the advantages of membership must outweigh the disadvantages (mainly, membership fees). To this end, it is necessary to further enhance opportunities for members to interact, share issues and achievements, and disseminate results by holding conventions and lectures. We would also like to provide opportunities for the general public, who are not directly involved in livestock production, to become more familiar with animal science, such as public lectures and events for elementary, junior high, and high school students. In this way, we will make JSAS more attractive to the members who will lead the next generation by enriching the congresses and other events, and by creating a mechanism to actively incorporate the opinions and ideas of young people.

 In the publication business, which is a pillar of the JSAS's public service activities, we will make efforts to further enhance the reputation of our English-language journal, Animal Science Journal, as a forum for the international dissemination of information. In addition, we aim to increase the number of submissions to the Japanese-language journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaiho, and will consider making it an attractive journal that provides and disseminates various information not only for research purposes but also as a forum for exchange among members. Furthermore, we will strive to publish the soon-to-be-completed "Dictionary of Animal Science Terms" as soon as possible.

 The award program of our society is to honor those who have contributed to the progress and development of animal science and the livestock industry, and we believe that such awards, especially to young members, will stimulate their research motivation, which will lead to new research findings. There is a concern that increasing the number of awards may reduce the relative value of the awards. However, compared to the American Society of Animal Science and other societies, the number of awards given by JSAS is not large. We are convinced that recognizing outstanding achievements and accomplishments and publicizing them will not only motivate the recipients of the awards but also raise the level of research in our society. To this end, we will continue to discuss more than ever how the awards should be presented, including the identification of new award candidates, and will strive to further enhance the awards program.

 JSAS will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2024. We are now planning to commemorate this major milestone year with a commemorative ceremony, invited lectures from Japan and abroad, publication of a commemorative issue, and also other commemorative events. In last year, the 19th Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production (AAAP) Congress scheduled to be held in the Philippines was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to make preparations so that the 100th anniversary commemorative events of JSAS will not only promote the development of animal science and the exchange of information but also provide an opportunity for international exchange.

 In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your support and cooperation as we work together to meet the expectations and demands of our members for the further development of JSAS.

 May 2021

History

In 1924 Japanese Society of Animal Science (JSAS) was established for all the people who are involved in the animal industry in a variety of ways, directly or indirectly. The objective of JSAS is to contribute to advance and growth of animal science and the animal industry of Japan.
JSAS is currently trying to enhance further the activities. For that, we are releasing updates on animal science to the world, building up closer links with organizations concerned in Japan and abroad. The members are attached to a wide range of fields such as industries, governmental agencies and organizations of higher education: administrative organizations, universities, national and prefectural institutes, private companies and extensions, etc.,
In 1999, the present name of the society, "Japanese Society of Animal Science" was adopted in place of former "Japanese Society of Zootechnical Science".

Activities

Promoting studies and diffusing information related to animal science are the principal missions of JSAS. Thus, JSAS has provided a great number of opportunities to reportresearch fruits, and collect or exchange the most up-to-date information, as follows.
To hold scientific meetings for presentation of research findings once or twice a year together with irregular scientific lectures.
To publish official journal, "Animal Science Journal", which consists of 16 issues a year: 12 issues in English and 4 issues in Japanese. Also, other scientific publications are circulated.
To hold international scientific meetings. We believe that this activity has greatly contributed to development of animal science in the world. Main intentional conferences under the auspices of JSAS or jointly organized.

1. The Vth World Conference on Animal Production
Main theme: New Strategies for Improving Animal Production for Human Welfare
Date: August 14-19, 1983 Venue: Tokyo

2. XVIII World's Poultry Congress
Main theme: Strategies for Improving Production for Human Welfare and Development
Date: September 4-9, 1988 Venue: Nagoya

3. The Seventh International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology
Main theme: Physiological Aspects of Digestion and Metabolism in Ruminant
Date: August 27- September 1, 1989 Venue: Sendai

4. The 8th Animal Science Congress of the Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies.
Main theme: Partnership for Sustainable Animal Production and Human Welfare
Date: October 13-18, 1996 Venue: Chiba

Organization

Directors (about 30 including a president, 2 vice-presidents and 5-8 executive directors) are selected biennially. As leaders, they perform their part in making plans for projects and carrying out them.
Executive screening committee settled in the council determines the directors.
Biennially the councilors are selected from the regular members following the necessary procedure, and discuss the important issues of the management.
Both regular members and student members have right to participate in discussion at the general meeting held annually.