[Jan 6, 2017]
| Message from the New Tokyo Section Chair
2017-2018 Tokyo Section Chair
It is my great honor to serve for two years from January 2017, as the IEEE Tokyo Section Chair. I will work hard with you to make the Tokyo Section more active and more valuable for the members. First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the past section chair, Kazuo Hagimoto, and all other officers as well as many earnest volunteers involved in the activities.
I have been an IEEE Member for 37 years. My first paper presentation in English was at 1980 IEEE International Conference on Communications when I was 2nd year master graduate student, my first journal paper was published in IEEE Transaction on Communications in 1980 and my first award was the 1984 IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Student Paper Award (Region 10). That means, my professional carrier started thanks to IEEE. I also served as Board of Governors Member-at-Large (2010-2012), Japan Chapter Chair (2011-2012), Director of the Asia Pacific Region (2004-2005), Chair of the Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee (2000-2002) of IEEE ComSoc. Through many IEEE activities, I have enjoyed doing researches in the various areas in the digital communications and networks by collaborating with many excellent researchers worldwide.
I would like to introduce briefly about the history of the Tokyo Section. Tokyo Section of the Institute of Radio Engineers was officially established in 1956 (I was also born in 1956) in Japan. Initially, it started with a membership of 72. In 1963, IRE and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) merged to form the IEEE. Accordingly, the IRE Tokyo Section became the IEEE Tokyo Section. In 1998, the Tokyo Section was split into eight (now nine) Sections to further develop IEEE activities and promote member services and membership development in local region in Japan. In June 1999, the IEEE Japan Council was established for the purpose of providing a coordination of all sections in. The membership of Tokyo Section has grown to 7892 in 2015. This year, IEEE Japan council will have events to celebrate “IEEE Japan Sections’ 60th Anniversary Celebration” on 3rd March by coordinating a ceremony and reception as IEEE Region 10 Fifty-year’s Celebration Series in the IEEE Region 10 Meeting, which will be held on 4th and 5th March in Chiba City.
In order to open up involvement with IEEE Tokyo Section, I would like to make effort to provide more opportunities for young people to participate in various Section activities. I think that “Open calls” mechanism to join Standing Committees, such as Technical Program Committee and Student Activities Committee, may be effective to seek and foster young leaders. Also, it is necessary to consider to introduce a new program for students and young people to encourage to join IEEE by providing more timely and useful services they need. I would like to do my best to strengthen the functions in Tokyo Section for improving the value of all the members’ activities. I sincerely ask you for your continuous support and kind collaboration to make the Tokyo Section more useful and attractive for you.
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