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No.78 (December 31, 2012)
IEEE Tokyo Section Publications Committee Chair  Hirohisa Gambe

Greetings to all - at the end of my term -
2011-2012 Tokyo Section Chair
Tomonori AOYAMA, (Ph.D., Keio University)

We have been working as committees of the Tokyo Section since January 2011. Our term has ended in December 2012 and new committees take over, starting in January 2013. I would like to express many thanks for the support and cooperation from all the members of Tokyo Section during this term.

We had 7,865 members at the end of 2010, 7,763 members at the end of 2011, and 7,900 members in November, 2012. While the number of members in other academic societies in the engineering areas has been decreasing, IEEE Tokyo Section is continuing to increase the number of members, even by slight.

We had 11 members upgraded to IEEE Fellow in 2011, and 13 members in 2012 and 2013. This is certain to be a continuous progress for the Tokyo Section. Three of the members, Prof. Shoichi Sasaki, Prof. Jun Murai and Prof. Hirochika Inoue, won The IEEE Awards in 2011. Dr. Yoshio Utsumi was presented IEEE Honorary Membership and Dr. Naoya Takahashi and Dr. Tetsuya Iizuka won in 2012, Dr. Tsuneo Takahashi and Prof. Shinichi Takagi in 2013. Moreover, Dr. Kohei Habara, LMAG-Tokyo Chair, won the 2012 Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Award. Dr. Habara is the first person who received this award in Tokyo Section.

As for the "IEEE Milestone", we had one approval in 2011 for "First Direct Broadcast Satellite Service", and in 2012, two approvals for "First Practical Field Emission Electron Microscope" and "International Standardization of G3 Facsimile". Especially in G3 Facsimile, IEEE President Dr. Gordon Day attended the dedication ceremony and the top of NTT, KDDI and IEEE met together. We would like to congratulate the winners, along with Hideki Imai, former Tokyo Section Chair, Eiichi Ohno, the IEEE History Committee Chair, and many other members who contributed to these awards.

TPC held 11 lectures including the co-hosting with LMAG-Tokyo. This number is the record in IEEE Tokyo Section history. During this entire period, we also held the commemorative lecture by IEEE President Dr. Gordon Day. This lecture was recorded and delivered on-line by video-streaming data. IEEE President, SAC, Tokyo GOLD and JC WIE could have an opportunity to have collaboration for the first time.

Tokyo GOLD, JC Student Branches and JC WIE held the Career Development Workshop for Young Students and Professionals and several events. 2 Student Branches were established in 2012.

As for the activities overseas, we attended Region 10 Meeting in 2011 and 2012, and Section Congress 2011. We also tried to host these meetings, but Tokyo Section was not elected because of the high exchange rate of yen. In 2012, IEEE Technical Tour of Japan was held in cooperation with Tokyo Section, Kansai Section, Nagoya Section, LMAG-Tokyo and JCHC. We have started preparing the Humanitarian Technology Conference (HTC) 2013 in Sendai. The main theme of this conference will be humanitarian technologies related to the recovery from disasters such as earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. This conference will be held co-hosting with Region 10 and all 9 domestic Sections. In addition, we endorsed the candidates of committees in IEEE head quarter, and could have many new committee members.

I really appreciate all Tokyo Section members who made every effort to save cost due to reduction in budget caused by the high exchange rate of yen. I hope such effort will be continued after the next year.

I would like to thank Hirohisa Gambe, Section Vice President, Yoshihiro Arimoto, Section Secretary, Ryuji Kohno, Section Treasurer and all members of the section committees. I would also like to extend my special thanks to Administrative agent of FUJITSU LIMITED, together with Mr. Shinji Yamashita, Ms. Kazuyo Akiyama and Ms. Mutsumi Hayashi for their dedicated efforts to Tokyo Section. I thank Ms. Eriko Shimabukuro and Ms. Makiko Kato, the secretariats for undertaking an unusually heavy workload.

The new section Chair, starting from January 2013, is Prof. Toshitaka Tsuda from Waseda University. I sincerely hope that IEEE Tokyo Section will progress and evolve more towards the future.

Lastly, I would like to end with a word of appreciation, and very best wishes to all the Tokyo Section members.

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