As the recently appointed chairperson of the Japan Academy of Gerontological Nursing�s twelfth term, I
am deeply committed to furthering the academy�s mission of contributing to people�s health and welfare by
advancing the academic development, teaching, and dissemination of gerontological nursing and improving
the quality of nursing practice.
The energetic work of the academy�s General Affairs Committee and our nine other committees is what
moves us toward achieving our mission. Today we have over 2,800 members, with half practicing in the
field. From conference presentations to contributions to our journal, members are also increasingly active
in research. The greatest strength of our academy lies in the collaboration between practicing nurses,
nursing educators, and researchers, each of whom brings their unique abilities to the management and
activities of our organization.
During the previous term, the board implemented an Infrastructure Strengthening Project that reinforced
the operational foundations of the academy. Now, in addition to carrying existing projects forward, it is
essential to adopt a perspective that responds to the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, countries worldwide must work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and solve
shared problems. Japan�s super-aged society is the oldest in the world, and other countries look to us for
ideas when facing this new era. In cooperation with the Japan Geriatrics Society, to which this academy
belongs, I believe we can create a society that both ages and matures. By building with new energy on the
foundations already laid by this organization, I hope to contribute further to people�s health and
Moreover, our academy plays a key role in the Japan Gerontological Society, a federation of seven
societies that includes the Japan Geriatrics Society and the Japan Socio-Gerontological Society. In
addition to our biennial joint congress, the Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of the International
Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) is scheduled to be held in Yokohama in 2023. We plan to
collaborate with the Japan Geriatrics Society, conscious of the role that Japan should play on the world
stage as an emerging super-aging society.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.