Message from the President - Japanese Ophthalmological Society

Message from the President

Message from the President

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Thank you for visiting the homepage of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society (JOS).

The JOS is an organization of approximately 15,000 members including physicians and researchers associated with ophthalmology. Nearly 100% of ophthalmologists in Japan are the member of JOS.

The JOS is a registered Public Interest Incorporated Foundation. The only one among the 128 member societies of the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences. This status provides the society with a preferential financial status but, at the same time the society has to fulfill numerous obligations by providing support and assistance to related causes and organizations. To that end, the rules of the society specify that 'this organization will work to promote scientific ophthalmological advances contributing to advances in the interests of humanity, society and the general welfare' (Article 3 of the Statutes of the JOS). Exactly the kind of mission that typifies a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.

The very first objective of the JOS is to guarantee the high level of clinical ophthalmology in Japan and, thereby the health of the population. To that end, it is crucial to have a proper accreditation system for specialist physicians and promote top-level training of experts in the field. At the same time, it is the duty of the society to establish a set of standard ground rules that will support and guide the ophthalmological profession.

We have a duty to engage in the health-related policy making process as the representative of ophthalmologists. We closely work with the public administration regarding the employment of instruments, medications and surgical operations in ophthalmology. It is also important to increase the public consciousness of issues related to the health of the eye and to promote these issues. We use journals and other media, press conferences and briefings to emphasize the importance of eye and vision health and, through this, to elucidate the advanced status of ophthalmology in Japan and its contribution to the public welfare working in this way with the general public.

An important facet of activity is the close cooperation with ophthalmological societies throughout the world. The JOS is actively promoting internationalization of our annual meetings. About 20,000 participants attended the highly successful conferences of the World Ophthalmology Congress®(WOC)/ the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO)Congress in Tokyo in 2014. I believe that the international links that were formed on these occasions need to be further fostered and promoted.

Tetsuro Oshika
President, the Japanese Ophthalmological Society