[DEC 28, 2018]
Message from the Tokyo section chair at the end of two year term
2017-2018 Tokyo Section Chair
Iwao SASASE (Professor, Dept. of Information and Computer Science, Keio University)
We have been working as the committee for the Tokyo Section Chair since January 2017, and our term will be ended at December 2018 and a new committee takes over starting in January 2019. We would like to express many thanks for the support and cooperation from all the members of Tokyo Section during this term.
The number of the members of Tokyo Section is nearly 8,000, and Tokyo Section received “Outstanding Section Membership Recruitment Performance” in 2017 and 2018, continuously. I sincerely appreciate all members’ cooperation.
I enjoyed attending many big events such as “IEEE Japan Sections’ 60th Anniversary Celebration” and “IEEE Region 10 Meeting” hosted in Chiba in 2017, three Milestone Recognition Award presentation ceremonies in 2017 for “Map-Based Automotive Navigation System (Honda Electro Gyrocator), 1981“, “Invention of a Temperature-Insensitive Quartz Oscillation Plate, 1933”, and “Nobeyama 45-m Telescope, 1982”, All Sections Meeting 2017 in Sydney, Region 10 Meeting 2018 in Lang Kawi, IEEE WIE（Women in Engineering）International Leadership Summit 2018 Tokyo, Tokyo Section YP (Young Professionals) 10th Anniversary Congress in 2018, The 15th IEEE TOWERS and Celebration receptions for new IEEE Fellow members (7 and 6 members were upgraded in 2017 and 2018, respectively). My personal great memories are making the impressive 30 second video message from Tokyo Section (We spent more than 2 hours to make it), offering one of the best local Sake (Koh, Sawanoi) in the region of Tokyo to for IEEE Japan Sections’ 60th Anniversary Celebration Party, and arranging a tour to the Imperial Palace Plaza and Asakusa and Karaoke cosplay party at Akihabara after IEEE Region 10 meeting in Chiba, which could deepen our friendship with attendees from other countries, generations, positions and cultures.
I believe that as the main roles for Tokyo Section are “offering social gatherings as community activity base” and “the cultivation of human resources who support technological development”. So, Tokyo section, with Japan Council, continuously supported young engineers’ challenging minds and women researchers’ activities. As a result, I am very glad and proud that SIGHT（Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology） was established in 2018 in Tokyo Section, and TPC（Technical Program Committee）, SAC (Student Activities Committee), YP, WIE and LMAG (Life Members Affinity Group) in Tokyo Section actively planned and held more than 45 attractive lectures and events, independently or jointly, every year. I would like to thank all active members. Especially, I would like to thank the secretariats of Tokyo Section Office for undertaking an unusually heavy workload.
The new Section Chair is Dr. Hideyuki Tokuda, NICT. I sincerely hope that Tokyo Section will progress and evolve more and more. Also, Prof. Toshio Fukuda and Prof. Akinori Nishihara start serving as IEEE President-Elect and IEEE Region 10 Director, respectively in 2019. I sincerely ask all of Tokyo Section members for strong support and kind collaboration to make IEEE more useful and attractive for all members.
Finally, I would like to extend my very best wishes for the health of all of Tokyo Section members.
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