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Greetings from the President

Event Outline


Greetings from the President

The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Esophageal Society (JES)

Dr. Hiroyuki Kato
(Fukushima Medical University)
President of the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Esophageal Society
Dr. Hiroyuki Kato

We are going to hold the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Esophageal Society at Hotel Higashinihon Utsunomiya in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, on June 28 (Thu) and 29 (Fri), 2018. It is my great honor to serve as president of this annual meeting, with its long history and tradition, and I am braced for the serious responsibility this entails. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to JES’s President Hisahiro Matsubara, Honorary Chairman, Honorary members, directors and councilors.

This society started as the Japanese Society for Esophageal Diseases in 1965, developed into the present society in 2003 and welcomed its 50th anniversary in 2015, presently functioning as a cross-sectional society consisting of doctors from many fields covering internal medicine, surgery, clinical medicine in radiology, and basic medicine such as pathology and physiology. Based upon the endeavors and many achievements of our predecessors, our society has published medical guideline and promoted equal accessibility of medical standards, boasting treatment outcomes ranking the world’s top level.

We have selected “Shu-ha-ri” as the theme of this Meeting. “Shu-ha-ri” is a word that has been widely handed down in the process of developing and maturing of the Japanese traditional culture of “michi: the path of seeking after truth,” typically sought in the Japanese tea ceremony and martial arts. Although this word has several etymologies, it is mainly believed to have originated in “One Hundred Verses by Rikyu,” in which Sen no Rikyu, the master of tea ceremony, wrote tanka poems concerning the guidelines and manners of the tea ceremony. He wrote, “In regard to the rules and manners, keep following them to the ultimate. Then you may break and leave them. Still, never forget the origin.” “Shu” is the first stage, where one learns and masters the basic forms and arts by following the teaching of the master. “Ha” is the second stage, where one refines the basics mastered, breaks and applies the basic forms. “Ri” is the third stage, where one leaves the teaching of the master and pioneers a new and unique stage.

While times may change, these teachings indicate permanent, important lessons for the process of learning and mastering one thing and pioneering a new stage. I believe they will serve as important guidelines that can be applied to the path of learning medicine. I would like to hand them down to young and future generations of doctors endeavoring to master esophagology. In my understanding, “shu-ha-ri” can present an exemplar of post-graduation education in sets of 10 years. In other words, 10 years after graduation are the stage of “shu” to faithfully learn the basic. The next 10 years are the second stage of “ha” to break the basic and establish a further refinement, and thereafter comes the stage to detach oneself from the teaching of the master to be independent. The last phrase of the poem, “never forget the origin,” sounds the alarm that we should never forget the basics while valuing the importance of breaking the teaching and detaching from it sometimes. It warns against making light of the basics. By the bye, the late Kanzaburo Nakamura, a kabuki actor, said, “When it comes to breaking the form, when one breaks it only after mastering the basic form, it can be regarded as breaking the form. When one who has not mastered the basic form breaks it, it is merely regarded as formless.” These words, I believe, explain the training to polish one’s technique in arts as well as in Japanese martial arts, sharing the same lesson contained in “shu-ha-ri.”

In this meeting, we are planning to hold special lectures, symposiums, panel discussions and workshops while prioritizing team medicine, through collaboration with not only doctors but also healthcare professionals. I urge as many medicine-related professionals as possible to attend the meeting so that our society will be able to contribute new information to the world. We will do our best to make this meeting a significant and fruitful medical meeting with which all member doctors to be present can be satisfied. Hereafter, uniting the power of the entire department, we are going to keep making every possible effort to prepare for the meeting. We ask all members to help us with guidance and cooperation. I truly hope to see all of you at the meeting.

June 2017

Event Outline

Meeting The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Esophageal Society

June 28th(Thu)・June 29th(Fri), 2018

Educational Seminar 2018
(The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Esophageal Society Educational Seminar)
June 27th(Wed), 2018

Venue Hotel Higashinihon Utsunomiya
President Hiroyuki Kato (Fukushima Medical University)
Congress Theme “Shu-ha-ri”
Department of Gastrointestinal Tract Surgery
Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine
1 Hikarigaoka, Fukushima City, 960-1295, Japan
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