Message from JOCS President (2017.4.25)



Message from President of Japan Oil Chemistsf Society


Japan Oil Chemists’ Society

Prof. Takeshi Kawai, President







  My appointment as president for fiscal 2017 and 2018 was recently decided at a meeting of the board of directors held at our 63rd regular general meeting. While this important role may be more than I deserve, I will do my utmost to contribute to the further development of the traditions of the Japan Oil Chemistsf Society (JOCS). Our Society is a networked organization of researchers and engineers taking a variety of approaches to dealing with oils and fats, surfactants, and other related substances, and is characterized by its composition of interdisciplinary personnel from the industrial, governmental, and academic sectors. In other words, our Society is one that provides ample opportunities to acquire a wide range of problem-solving tips and ideas for different types of research, from state-of-the-art functional materials to the development of foods that are a part of a healthy diet and articles for daily use that aim to improve quality of life.

  The specialty areas of our members can be broadly divided into the oils and fats field and the interfacial science field, and it is important that an organic network should be constructed in order that members will be able to make effective use of our Society. Although this central role is one that is currently served by the expertsf division committee, I feel that the links between the oils and fats field and the interfacial science field remain tenuous. Rather than a thick axle linking two wheels of a car, I feel that the association between the two fields is akin to a slightly dysfunctional relationship between the right brain and the left brain. In other words, while each group usually contributes to the development of JOCS through their own activities, organic linkages between the two fields generally occur only in branch activities and at annual meetings, suggesting the presence of a thin barrier between the two. For my own part, when I look back over the past, including my own reflections, I find that my consciousness of the fats and oils fields was limited to those times when I was editing a textbook for a freshman seminar, planning branch seminars, or editing the program for the annual meeting. Therefore, as president, in order to make our Society a more conducive site for exchanges, I would like to work on creating mechanisms for encouraging interactions between the two fields.

  Making a survey of the JOCS, research and personnel exchanges (such as our annual meetings, branch, and expertsf division activities) and our academic promotion and dissemination activities (such as freshman seminar) are generally in good condition, thanks in large part to active contributions from our membership. However, as I announced in the prefatory remarks in the June edition of this journal last fiscal year as chair of the steering committee, our financial situation remains very unstable as a result of constant deficits due principally to the decrease in our membership. To escape from this situation, I have asked the chair of the Future Concept Committee, Professor Dai Kitamoto of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, to work out a growth strategy for the JOCS. A summary of the committeefs findings was reported at the regular general meeting as gA Proposal for the Sustainable Development of the Japan Oil Chemistsf Society.h

  I understand that the Future Concept Committee has been engaged in comprehensive discussions concerning the organization and activities of the Society, beginning with its study of details reported by the Millennium Committee in 2000, entitled gNecessary Measures for Revitalizing the Society.h They have proposed that the position of the JOCS be expressed in the pithy catchphrase, gThe intersection of scientists and engineers breaking new ground in oleo science to support comfortable living,h and that we moreover focus on reform proposals and reinforcement measures to revive the JOCS. Among their several proposals is the advice that it will be important to position the policy of grather than increasing membership, to prioritize increasing the number of participants at the annual meetingh as a pillar of reform. Therefore, I would like to ask the Annual Meeting Reform Promotion Committee (chaired by the new chair of the steering committee, Prof. K?ichi Asakura, Keio University), which we have newly organized this fiscal year, to provide us with tactics for reforming the annual meeting, moving to implementation as necessary with a view to completion in about three yearsf time. The news that this fiscal yearfs annual meeting will be held jointly with the 2nd Asian Conference on Oleo Science at the Kagurazaka Campus of the Tokyo University of Science was announced by Professor Hideki Sakai (Tokyo University of Science) in the prefatory remarks of this journal two issues ago. Since the active participation by many members in the annual meeting will be the first step toward reform, your participation will by all means be sincerely appreciated.

  Now, one thing that I would like to keep in mind as president is, as much as possible, to strive to continue the accumulated legacy of tradition and the aspirations of my predecessors. However, as you will note from the proposal by the Future Concept Committee, since the situation confronting our Society will require gzero-based thinkingh that involves selecting the optimal solution from a blank slate rather than being bound by existing frameworks, that some past customs will be left behind is to be fully expected. In such cases, I thank you in advance for your kind understanding and cooperation.

  Although I have been speaking here of some rather formal matters, I am not normally that type of person. And since JOCS itself is such a friendly organization and we will be engaging in the above tasks in a relaxed manner, I thank you very much for your support.






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Message from JOCS President
Message from JOCS President (2017.1.1)



2017 New Yearfs Greetings


Japan Oil Chemists’ Society

Prof. Kazuo Miyashita, President







  At the year 2017 starts now, it is a great honor for me to greet all of you whishing happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year! On behalf of Japan Oil Chemistsf Society, I would greatly appreciate it if you could be interested in our@activities and join us.

  Japan Oil Chemistsf Society (JOCS) is Public Interest Incorporated Association approved by Japanese Government. Since starting in November 1951, our public activity has greatly contributed to the advancement of science and technology on oils and fats, surfactants, oleochemicals, biochemicals and related substances. The society has also been contributed to create sustainable and environmentally friendly system for the usage of oil and lipid related materials. These activities have been strongly supported by memberfs volunteer work to build up the highly valuable position of our society. At the same time, the more satisfaction and sense of fulfilled in the activities we can feel, I believe, the more social value and development of our society increases. When I joined JOCS as a graduate student, little did I realize just how much that affiliation would enrich my life after that. I have received many benefits from social activities as being a JOCS member. This is a kind of privilege with great honor, passion, and commitment.

  In my new yearfs greetings at last year, I had a message: gour field, oleo science (oil or lipid science) is an interdisciplinary academic field related to goilh, glipidsh, and gfatsh so that we can challenge the solve of a variety of social issues based on fundamental scientific areas, namely, chemistry, physics, and biologyh. Our scientific field helps sound development of related industries, welfare of the human race, and our abundant life. The strong connection between scientists of academia and technologists of industry is essential for the growing of this field. It is very important for our society that all of scientists in academia and industry are worked as a united team. We may obtain the more satisfaction and sense of fulfilled when we get success as the team.

  Most important tool for the provision of information is annual meeting and international meeting (Asian Conference on Oleo Science). Our success will depend on the enhancement of both meetings. There are many themes on the goilh, glipidsh, and gfatsh. New themes in this field is coming out every year. When we, scientists, approach these themes from the different, new, and unique viewpoints, we can offer exciting and valuable topics in our annual meeting, and then, industry and public will pay the higher attention to our society. We are very welcome to any researchers and technologists in various fields of oleo sciences to attend the meetings.

  The last annual meeting in Nara was a great successful one. Especially, banquet was tremendous with many attendees from all generations, all scientific field, and many areas. I can see there a gteam JOCSh. Our society has good tradition to protect because of its long history. However, annual meeting should be most innovative and meet the needs of our society. I will promises to provide more filling meetings of Japan Oil Chemistsf Society.

  The Society sponsors numerous seminars, symposia, factory visits and other events such as several awards. Our society also has published journals and several books related to oleo science. Journal of Oleo Science (JOS) is our official international Journal. You can obtain latest and tip academic information from the official Journal. JOS is incorporated into major scientific document retrieval sites such as PubMed, and offers free article downloads, which enables JOS to have strong influence and transmits beneficial information to related scientific areas. You can appeal your outstanding research results in the field of oleo science through JOS. We are waiting for your submission. Thank you !!






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Message from JOCS President (2016.1.1)



2016 New Yearfs Greetings


Japan Oil Chemists’ Society

Prof. Kazuo Miyashita, President







  At the year 2016 starts now, it is a great honor for me to greet all of you whishing happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year! On behalf of Japan Oil Chemistsf Society, I would greatly appreciate it if you could be interested in our activities and join us.

  Japan Oil Chemistsf Society is an international professional organization providing the support network for those involved in lipids, oil, and fat related materials. Since starting in November 1951, our society has greatly contributed to the advancement of science and technology on oils and fats, surfactants, oleochemicals, biochemicals and related substances. Looking at the remarkable world changes in recent few years, we well know the public demand for the proper balance between economical growth, social justice and environmental responsibility. Our society is also asked to create sustainable and environmentally friendly system for the usage of oil and lipid related materials. Fortunately, our field, oleo science (oil or lipid science) is an interdisciplinary academic field related to goilh, glipidsh, and gfatsh so that we can challenge the solve of a variety of social issues based on fundamental scientific areas, namely, chemistry, physics, and biology. We can study the all things related to oleo materials. Our efforts have made clear multiple benefits of oleo products such as high functionalities, conveniences, and economic efficiency. I believe that Japan Oil Chemistsf Society will meet the public demand with special attention to the progress of related sciences.

  Why is our science, oleo science, interdisciplinary? This is because oleo science is an applied science to contribute the abundant, mentality rich, and satisfactory life. Our activity is strongly related to the sound development of related industries. Thus, the strong connection between scientists of academia and technologists of industry is essential for the growing of our society. Main and active members of our society should be not only researchers, but developers, marketers, and managers. We can see most important and valuable scientific theme by sharing information on consumer needs, efforts of companies, new technologies, and new knowledge. Resolving the theme will much benefit researchers and create a new research area. Our society, I am sure, can offer reliable, powerful, and beneficent platform for those people.

  Most important tool for the provision of information is annual meeting and international meeting (Asian Conference on Oleo Science). Our success will depend on the enhancement of both meetings. If scientists can present the newer ideas and the more excellent research there, industry and public will pay the higher attention to our society. We are very welcome to any researchers and technologists in various fields of oleo sciences to attend the meetings. Our society has good tradition to protect because of its long history. However, annual meeting should be most innovative and meet the needs of our society. I will promises to provide more filling meetings of Japan Oil Chemistsf Society.

  The Society sponsors numerous seminars, symposia, factory visits and other events such as several awards. Our society also has published journals and several books related to oleo science. Journal of Oleo Science (JOS) is our official international Journal. You can obtain latest and tip academic information from the official Journal. JOS is incorporated into major scientific document retrieval sites such as PubMed, and offers free article downloads, which enables JOS to have strong influence and transmits beneficial information to related scientific areas. You can appeal your outstanding research results in the field of oleo science through JOS. We are waiting for your submission. Thank you !!






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