It is a special honor and a privilege to begin my term as president of the Japanese Geotechnical Society. Our outgoing president, Ikuo Towhata, deserves an enormous thank you from all of us. Professor Towhata has acted as Vice President of ISSMGE. I am especially grateful that we will be able to rely on his wise counsel regarding international relations during my term.
There is a special place for JGS in my scientific heart as I had the privilege of starting my life as a geotechnical researcher while still a postgraduate student under the supervision of Professor Koichi Akai, the past president of JGS. Along my academic career path, I have experienced several roles on the Board of JGS. In particular, I feel honored to have succeeded in drawing up a contract for a publishing partnership with Elsevier for Soils and Foundations while serving as the vice president. In recent years, Soils and Foundations has attained an impact factor of 1.238 and has become increasingly competitive among prominent geotechnical journals. I would like the prestige of Soils and Foundations to be raised even further during my presidency.
I would also like to boost the activities of the Japanese Association for Geotechnical Evaluation to prepare the environment for professional engineers in the field of Geotechnical Evaluation in order to help resolve several problems that are appearing in geotechnical practice and to offer advice to earthquake victims concerning the hazard levels of disaster-afflicted residential areas.
We will focus on developing our capability to build and execute more global strategies so that we can have a greater impact on the geotechnical community. Let’s be passionate about our work and find fulfillment in our profession so that we can make our world a better place!