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Greeting from the president (Koichi Kaneko)

I have been assigned the important role of being the 6th President of the Japan Society for Respiratory Endoscopy following on from the former President Norihiko Ikeda. I feel both honored and excited to have the responsibility at the helm of this society.
Bronchoscopic technology, the core of the society, has made rapid progress with the development of the world's first flexible bronchial fiberscope by Dr. Shigeto Ikeda in 1966, and the Japan Society for Bronchial Research, which is the predecessor of the present society, was established in 1978. The society then changed its name to the Japan Society for Bronchology, and again in 2003 to the Japan Society for Respiratory Endoscopy and became a non-profit organization, undertaking efforts for popularization and improvement of endoscopy knowledge and techniques pertinent to thoracic diseases, such as those on bronchoscopes, thoracoscopes, and mediastinoscopes under the leadership of many pioneers including the first president, Dr. Hiroaki Osada, the second president Dr. Masahiro Kaneko, and the third president, Dr. Koichi Kobayashi. In 2010, the society, led by the fourth president Dr. Kazumitsu Oomori, became the 108th member society of the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences and further extended the reach of the society. Forty years after the inception of its predecessor, the society now has more than 6,700 members from many medical fields including internal medicine, surgery, radiology, and pathology, and is still growing.
Medical care is progressing rapidly in various fields. It is also the case in the field of endoscopy, and there has been remarkable progress and developments in medical equipment. In the field of respiratory endoscopy also, bronchoscopes and various other technologies developed as minimally invasive means have expanded in application not only for diagnosis but also for treatment. As we all know, knowledge and technical skills of bronchoscopy are highly specialized, but the safety must be fully ensured at the same time. To date, the Japan Society for Respiratory Endoscopy has hosted many seminars, such as bronchoscopy seminars, hands-on seminars, and intervention seminars, in an effort to spread knowledge and technical skill. Meanwhile, the society conducted nationwide surveys on therapeutic and diagnostic bronchoscopy covering over 100,000 patients annually, and on the basis of an examination of the status of bronchoscopy implementation and complications, the society examined instructions and safety manuals for bronchoscopy, as well as guidelines for airway stent placement, which were published on the home page. The society continues activities like this to ensure high ethical standards and safety in medical care. These activities form the foundations of the society, and will be continued as core activities.
The support from each member in areas of clinical practice, research and education through annual meetings and the society's official journal, the Journal of the Japan Society for Respiratory Endoscopy, is also important, and I hope to make further improvements including cooperation with affiliated societies, as well as in medical-engineering collaboration for endoscopic devices and technologies. As mentioned above, bronchoscopic diagnosis and treatment are medical practices that carry risk and require a high level of specialization. Over many years, the specialist system has been managed well by the Japan Society for Respiratory Endoscopy, such as with the education, accreditation, and renewal of bronchoscopists. The current bronchoscopists fully function in the new specialist system also, and in the future I will proactively work so that they can be incorporated in the new specialist system.
Dr Shigeto Ikeda, the founder of this society, introduced the bronchial fiberscope to the world, and in keeping with that will, it is imperative that we share Japanese knowledge and technologies globally, and actively exchange information with international societies and non-Japanese national societies. I hope to create a mechanism, through which these society activities are driven by all members, mainly by trustees recognized based on their competency and not from being elected. Among respiratory diseases, the number of patients with lung cancer is increasing yearly, and the importance of respiratory endoscopic treatment and diagnosis is thus increasing. I aim to strengthen the foundations of the Japan Society for Respiratory Endoscopy, and will undertake projects with every effort to further develop the society and the field of respiratory endoscopy. To this end, I kindly ask for the cooperation and guidance of society members and all concerned.