The 47th annual meeting (in 2016) of the Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA) Japan Section (Section Chair: Akiyoshi Yamagami) was successfully held in the Hiroshima Prefectural Dental Association Hall and Oriental Hotel Hiroshima, Hiroshima City, on October 1 and 2, presided over by Mr. Tamisuke Kishi (the head of the Chugoku and Shikoku branches). Mr. Richard Sawers (the vice president of the PFA), Mr. Armyl Banez of the Philippines section (an international board member of Region 9), Mr. Park IL Hae (president of the Korea section), Mr. Kim Hong Ki (an honorary member of the Japan section), Mr. Kim Jong Won, (an honorary member of the Japan section) Mr. Tadashi Mizutani (president of the International College of Dentists Japan Section), and Mr. Koichi Kato (dean of Hiroshima University Faculty of Dentistry) were invited to the meeting as guests. In the annual meeting on October 1, an interim activity report for 2006 and activity and financial reports for 2015 were published, in addition to the approval of the activity and account budget plans for 2017. Following this, the incumbent president presented a letter of gratitude to former chair Fumio Sato. In the meeting, a ceremony for the certification of new members was also held to introduce six members. Ribbons and international badges were presented to them by Mr. Richard Sawers and Mr. Armyl Banez, respectively. (Six of thirteen applicants underwent and passed paper screening and became certified).
Two dental students: Ayano Ikeda of Hiroshima University and Naoto Nakamura of Matsumoto Dental University, received a scholarship from the PFA. Inspiring academic and cultural lectures (one hour each) were delivered as annual events. Mr. Masaaki Takechi, Associate Professor of Hiroshima University Graduate School, delivered an academic lecture entitled: “Establishment of jawbone regenerative medicine using interconnected porous hydroxyapatite (Neobone)”. He presented the results of basic research on Neobone - the first bone prosthetic material in Japan approved by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (in 2010) and covered by insurance, and clinical cases involving it, and explained its usefulness for implant treatment in bone augmentation. In the question and answer session that followed the 2 lecture, the participants discussed the structure of porous material, method for its creation, and the mechanisms of infiltration into the cells and blood vessels so enthusiastically that they almost lost track of time.
A cultural lecture entitled: “The reasons why I travel around the world alone/What I have learned from visiting foreign countries”, was delivered by Ms. Kimiko Kobayashi, an essayist. Following her mandatory retirement, she started to “travel around the world alone”, inspired by words of wisdom spoken by Yozan Uesugi: “If you put your mind to it, you can do it. If you do not, you cannot. That is true for all things. When something cannot be done, you are the one to blame”. Her speech was on what she had learned from her journey and involved interesting episodes; now that Ms. Kobayashi had a significant amount of time to think, she “isolated herself from others to find her own identify” and kept asking herself: “Where am I from and where am I going?” On October 2, blessed with fine weather, we visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and Yamato Museum in Kure City. The tour, participated in by Mr. R. Sawers and his family, Mr. Banez and his wife, and Mr. Park IL Hae and Mr. Kim Jong Won (Korea section), promoted international exchange and friendship, and was very meaningful.
A photo of new members with Mr. Richard Sawers, the vice president, following the certification ceremony. Lively discussion during a lecture delivered by Associate Professor Masaaki Takechi