On this day, October 21, I would like to convey a few words to you on behalf of the directors and auditors entrusted with the task of managing the Japanese Society for the Study of Social Welfare during its third term.
As we all know, academic societies exist for the following purposes: to cultivate standards of research ethics and a culture of research among researchers specializing in the same field, to help each individual improve the quality of his or her research through hard work and friendly competition, and to allow the results of this research to be reported back to the society. While the Japanese Society for the Study of Social Welfare is quite large in scale and brings together researchers with diverse backgrounds, it has been founded for the same purposes as those described above.
When we consider the multitude of social problems facing Japanese society today, along with the fact that the current system and practice of social welfare do not always adequately address these problems, it seems particularly incumbent on us, as social welfare researchers, to improve our efforts. It is my hope that the activities of our society will foster social welfare research that leads to the creative development of new forms of social welfare founded on a critical understanding of the current situation.
Meanwhile, the incorporation of the Japanese Society for the Study of Social Welfare as a general incorporated association has, I believe, consolidated its status as a large academic society and further clarified its responsibilities to society. With this change, however, the board of representatives was put in charge of decision-making, limiting members' direct participation in the operation of the society to elections of the board of representatives. I would like to increase the range of opportunities for participation available to regular members, as much as possible, through diverse avenues, such as conventions, regional meetings, bulletins, forums and awards, and to promote members' sense of belonging.
Our society does not depend on the hard work of its board members alone—its future development depends on the conscious participation of each of our members. I would appreciate your continued support and cooperation in these endeavors.