President’s Message

Message from the 50th President Shigeru OBAYASHI Professor, Tohoku University

“Now, let’s write the journal paper!”

I would like to extend greetings to Society members as president of FY2018. Looking back on the history of the Society, we established the Japan Society for Aeronautics in 1934, restarted in 1953 after the changes in the postwar, renamed the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences in 1968, reorganized into an incorporated corporation in 1969. Since then, this is the 50th year to organize the board. It is a great honor to become a president in such a year, and I feel the heavy responsibility. The development of the Society is the gift of the successors and other seniors, and with the aim of further development, I will do my best with the cooperation of the top vice president, vice president, directors and all of the secretariat.

Speaking of the 1960s, fifty years ago, space development competition of US and USSR was underway and the launch of satellites began in Japan, and in 1969 the National Space Development Agency of Japan and the Tanegashima Space Center were established. This is a great opportunity to look back on the past 50 years for research and development on the space development in our country and look forward to the next 50 years. Under the cooperation of the Aerospace Vision Committee and the Space Vision Committee, I would like to summarize the long-term vision of the space development as the Society and report it at the 50th JSASS Annual Meeting.

Science Council of Japan covers the large research projects required by each academic field and aiming to give a certain guideline on them the Master plan is formulated every three years. The next time is scheduled for 2020. We have proposed large-scale research plans so far in the past, but I would like to draw strategies as a society, more closely collaborating with other academic societies and making a more impactful proposal.

By the way, thanks to the efforts of the past presidents, the number of registrations has increased in symposiums organized by the Society in recent years, and moreover, it is more pleasing that the number of student members has increased. In order to further strengthen membership, it is important to deepen collaboration with industry to enhance regular members and encourage women’s participation. Collaboration with the industrial world has been addressed so far, but efforts on gender equality seems to be few. I would like to increase the number of women participating in the aerospace field by establishing the Gender Equality Committee in the Society.

On the other hand, it seems that the number of journal papers submitted has not increased, although the number of participants in the symposiums of the Society is increasing. In recent years the decline of Japan’s science and technology capabilities has also been publicized in the press, but the indexes are mainly the number of journal papers. The publication of the journal is one of the important projects of the academic society and I would like to contribute to the growth of the number of journal papers in Japan by all means. For that, we need you to write a journal paper and submit it. As for the Society, I would like to review publication fee and make improvements to be attractive journals. The presentation and discussion at the symposiums are fun while it is painful to rewrite the paper in response to the peer review, but it is counted as an index of the research outcome by summarizing the research result in the form of a journal paper to be passed on to posterity by overcoming the review process. “Okay, let’s go to the symposium!” After the symposium, “Now, let’s write the journal paper!”

I would like to devote myself to make JSASS an academic society in which all members will obtain fulfillment and satisfaction through academic activities and eventually the academic activities will be returned to society and contribute to the development of Japan’s aerospace field. The academic activities are supported by the committee, departments, chapters, and the dedication of everyone who constitutes various committees. I am sincerely thankful for their efforts and I would like to make efforts to streamline the administrative work to reduce the burden. Finally, I would like to thank the president Toshinori Watanabe, the board of directors, departments, branch offices and various committees of the previous term and thank you for your continued support to the 50th. Thank you very much.

Shigeru Obayashi

Professor, Tohoku University