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After receiving approval at the General Meeting on March 2, 2008, I was appointed as the 5th Chairman of this institute from April 1. When I look back, my life at the Japan Institute for Advanced Dentistry (JIAD) began from 1987. At that time I was 28 and I wanted to study oral implantology somewhere. I therefore made the decision to attend a 50 hour course at the JIAD. The lecturers on that course were Dr. Akira Mishima, Dr. Hiroaki Enomoto and Dr. Kousuke Matsuzawa. They taught me about a great number of clinical cases, including blade implants and subperiosteal implants. I remember as if it were yesterday my strong emotions at being able to attend the lectures of these advanced teachers and their warm personalities. I was a novice at that time, so for me, who had spent every day dealing with visiting patients, this was a very valuable experience and also one that left me staring in wonder. After this, I was able to become acquainted with Dr. Yamane, the 1st Chairman, Dr. Agariguchi, the 2nd Chairman, and Dr. Komuro, the 3rd Chairman. In addition to implantology, I also learned a great deal about medical philosophy and human relations. In particular, under Dr. Yamane, the 4th Chairman, I learned a lot about the business of the JIAD, the state of the organization and a philosophy of life. When performing the tasks of this institute, regardless of their legitimacy, there are a great many obstacles and misunderstandings. However, my fear with this is losing development possibilities of this organization. Conversely, if we proceed with the business of this organization under the banner of legitimacy without gaining a sufficient consensus, then the unity of this organization will be lost. I am now in charge of leading the business of this organization, but it is my intention to proceed with this by sincerely listening to the voices of our members who have a wealth of knowledge from the wonderful past chairmen of this institute.
I have been a part of the JIAD for 20 years and I am grateful from the bottom of my heart to this organization. This organization has blessed me with a great deal of knowledge, many memories and life teachers, as well as numerous friends. In particular, it is not possible for me to talk about my life as a dentist without mentioning my encounters with Dr. Yasuo Irie, a former Vice-chairman. Dr. Irie is very strict and he has produced many academic society medical advisors and medical specialists under his leadership. At the same time, he has left behind great achievements. He has taught me and other dentists of "a demon's hand and the mind of a Buddha," in which we must always walk straight on the path of righteousness as clinicians. In addition, I have been able to make a great number of friends, as well as those who I look up to as an older brother and those I treat as my own younger brother. These people include Dr. Tatsuhiro Tomita and Dr. Yasuaki Shiga. In my younger days, we would discuss implants with a great passion while drinking alcohol. One time, when we enjoyed a trip on a yacht, we occasionally had intense debates and tried to persuade each other of our viewpoints. It was a truly sports-oriented JIAD. Although, when I look at younger members recently, I see now that there are an increasing number of intellectual and refined young men and women, to the extent that I feel somewhat insufficient. When I retire from the JIAD one day, I am looking forward to increasing even further my wonderful memories.
Furthermore, when getting involved in the business of the JIAD, I also got to have a greater number of opportunities to help out with the tasks of the Japanese Society of Oral Implantology. Currently, I am a member of the Second Committee of this society, the General Director of the Kanto-Koshinetsu Branch and have taken on responsibilities in the 38th Annual Meeting Executive Office. I have been able to become acquainted with a great many members not just in the Kanto-Koshinetsu Branch, but across the entire country, such as Dr. Shukichi Fuiura. When we drink alcohol at get-togethers after the business of these organizations, everyone gradually becomes more talkative and we discuss implantology, universities and clinical cases at great length. The friendships and trust born from the feeling of solidarity in which we accomplish the same work is hard to find elsewhere. I think that this is something that the JIAD has given me. My two-year term began on April 1, and I will be involved with a very important time in this society's history as we transition from being a corporation to a public-benefit organization over the next five years. Moreover, I think this is a time when the existence of the JIAD will be questioned against a backdrop of the difficult environment that surrounds our diverse society and dentistry. Our society-designated 115 credit training course has been a success, but we have seen a trend in which our number of members is decreasing and it has become necessary to further investigate how to contribute to the improvement of medical care and welfare for the people as a research institute and public-benefit organization. It is necessary to reconstruct the JIAD taking into account the present and future on the foundation that has been built up by the great efforts of the successive chairman of this organization over the years. Specifically, we must make further progress with our IT systems and convey information in real-time so that we constantly share information and a common recognition between our members and the JIAD. Furthermore, there is a necessity to consider suitable compensation for the membership fees of 36,000 yen per year which are paid by our members. We are an academic society, so we must actively hold training course and conduct research projects in order to convey academic information that will be useful for our members in their clinical cases and research. We must work toward education and training to increase implant fellows and masters with our qualification as an organization that has the approval of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. We must also create new schemes to ensure our continuance. At the same time, we should look toward supporting the acquisition of academic society medical advisors and medical specialists with academic society qualifications and increase the skills of the members of the JIAD. There is a lot we have to do in the future. We must make the flower of this organization bloom. The pressing problem is to carefully develop this flower which at present is still burgeoning and is still just a seedling.
At present, the members and directors centered on Dr. Okumori, a Managing Director and Dr. Eguro, a Managing Director are sacrificing their medical time and personal activities to conduct investigations for the JIAD. I believe that the great efforts of our members and executives will someday blossom into a great flower. This organization consists of its members who are doctors. Besides this, the JIAD is operated in accordance with the direction determined upon healthy debate by the Board of Directors. I believe it is the job of the chairman to be entrusted with the business of this organization and to take full responsibility for this organization and its running.
In regards to all our members, we ask that they "possess a heart which respects peace, adheres to the rule and protects the JIAD." I earnestly ask for everyone's cooperation with the business of this organization with pride as dentists for the improvement of the medical care and welfare of the people.
Furthermore, the JIAD has now taken a step forward as theJapan Institute for Advanced Dentistry from April 1, 2012, after receiving recognition as a public-benefit organization from the Prime Minister. Lastly, I would like to offer a prayer for the good health of all members of the JIAD.