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From President
Upon assuming a fourth term (2013 and 2014) of presidency of Japanese Society for Amino Acid Sciences (JSAAS)

Six years have passed since this Society was created out of the Research Committee of Essential Amino Acids. We have developed gradually and participated in many academic events during this period because of the strong leadership of former president Prof. Motoni Kadowaki during 2007-2010. I would now like to restate the objectives of the Society and introduce our academic events for 2013-2014.

As described in the Articles of the Society, the primary objectives of this Society are the promotion, encouragement, and enlightenment of academic research in Amino Acid Sciences. Fortunately, here in Japan several large companies produce amino acids with high-grade fermentation technology. We have received wonderful support from these companies in the development of this Society, resulting in progress for the amino acid sciences.

We are involved in the following academic events in 2013-2014:
1. Summer Symposium in Otaru, Hokkaido, organized by Prof. Hara, Hokkaido University (date: July 26, 2013),
2. International Symposium at the 20th International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain (date: September 16, 2013),
3. 7th Annual Meeting in Kumamoto, organized by Prof. Endo, the Vice-President of this Society (date: November 2-3, 2013),
4. 3rd Industry-Government-University Symposium in Tokyo, organized by Dr. Sakai, Ajinomoto Co. (date: June 2014),
5. 8th Annual Meeting in Tokyo, organized by Prof. Oishi, Tokyo University of Agriculture (date: autumn 2014).
Please see the homepage of the Society for information on these symposia and meetings.

As you can see, we will be involved in many academic events. As one of the unique features of this Society is enthusiastic discussion at meetings and symposia, I would like to ask that many of our members join the discussions.

Furthermore, we now offer a JSAAS Science and Technology Award. We anticipate a great deal of applications for this Award.

The Society will be energized by the attendance of numerous members at the upcoming academic events. I am looking forward to seeing many of our members at these meetings and symposia.

Message from the former president 2009-2010

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