Japan Placenta Association
Last year, the International Federation Placenta Association (IFPA) Meeting was held for the first time in 8 years in Japan. The Meeting was held at the Kobe Convention Center from September 6th through 9th, under the chairmanship of Professor Takeshi Maruo (Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine), who also concurrently served as the chairman of the 14th Japan Placenta Association (JPA) Meeting.
The Meeting had a highly international character with over 320 participants, the majority of which was from overseas. The meeting was also a great success from an academic perspective and received high recognition, which contributed to further advancing the recognition of JPA.
It was clearly noticed, and I can still vividly recall, that the JPA members, including Professor Shigeru Saito of University of Toyama who served as the Meeting's executive director, worked together to plan and prepare for the Meeting under the leadership of Chairman Maruo and livened up the discussions during the Conference. I believe that this was made possible because of Chairman Maruo's integrity, for whom I have great esteem. Also, I must express my deep gratitude to Mrs. Maruo for her understanding of the JPA. She livened up our social gatherings in her fluent standard American English (despite the fact that she studied English in Kansas!), truly as the first lady of the Meeting.
I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to Professor Matsuto Mochizuki, the honorary professor of Kobe University, as well as the Department and the Alumni Association for their warm support and thoughtful attention paid to numberless details. I am sure that the IFPA participants went back to their respective homes, all fascinated with the beautiful Port of Kobe, Mount Rokko, exquisite food, and heartfelt hospitality.
As the Director of JPA, I would also like to express my deep gratitude to the members of the organizing team, the JPA members who made generous contributions, and all those who participated in the Meeting. This year's JPA Meeting will be held jointly with the Japan Trophoblastic Diseases Association Meeting, under the chairmanship of Professor Wake of Kyusyu University. I am thrilled to think what a great meeting it will be and how we can make it fruitful together. I sincerely appreciate your continued support.