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Message from the Prseident
The Foundation of Agricultural Sciences of Japan (FASJ, public interest incorporated foundation) is originated from The Foundation of Agricultural Sciences which was founded in 1887 as the oldest academic society in the field of agricultural sciences in Japan. It received switchover authorization to public interest incorporated foundation from the Cabinet Office in March, 2012 through the efforts of the former chairman, Katsumi Aida, the ex-chairmen and the secretariats, and shifted to the public interest incorporated foundation in April of the same year. After the switchover, four years have passed and I was reassigned to a chairman this time.
The articles of this foundation declare that " this foundation has a purpose of contribution to the improvement of the human welfare by promoting research and education about agriculture in cooperation with various research and education organizations, academic societies about agriculture and so on and by attempting the continuous development of agriculture, forestry and fisheries". Researchers, technical experts, teachers and students who are engaged in agriculture are required to keep the importance of agriculture in mind above all and challenge the global problems such as food, environment, energy and so on. In addition, the activities of the researchers of this specialized field should be sent out to all over the world for building the sustainable society with help of international cooperation.
FASJ has been commending about ten ecellent young researchers every year as one of public utility works. FASJ asks winners to write a review article about their own research works in English in Agri-Bioscience Monographs (AGBM) as one of the international transmissions. Right now, there are one or two review articles published in a year as e-journal (open access), and we hope that the number of articles will increase gradually in the future.
FASJ has been supporting restoration revival works from the radiation contamination caused by the 3.11 East Japan Great Earthquakes and the nuclear accident caused by it from the view point of agriculture and has been making efforts toward the digging-up of assessment of current conditions and problems through symposia and so on. Since the radiation contamination problem will continue for a long time in the future, FASJ will continue such activities.
FASJ intends to contribute to improving the human welfare free from the conventional frame by deepening cooperation with the society widely as the public interest incorporated foundation and by promoting research and education about the agriculture.