President of the Union: Osamu Tadauchi
(Research Prof. and Prof. Emeritus of
The Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences was established in July of 2010 and has been active with sixteen academic insect-related societies and associations enrolled in the Union. The essential aims of the organization are to promote the advancement of insect science and contribute to society. I have been appointed as the new president of the Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences as successor to the first president, Professor Okitsugu Yamashita, and the second president, Professor Kenji Fujisaki. I am determined to fulfill my responsibilities and duties.
Our activities in this term are 1) To prepare a satellite symposium sponsored by our Union in the International Congress of Entomology (ICE) in Orlando, Florida, USA in 2016, by determining a theme and lectures of the symposium. This is a good opportunity to convey the present state of entomology in Japan to the world. We have nearly determined the plans as of late March, 2015. 2) To advance our activity in accordance with The Science Council of Japan (SCJ), Applied Entomology Subcommittee. The Subcommittee created and issued a Recommendation to the government in September, 2014, entitled: “Expansion in studies of insect taxonomy and biodiversity and necessity of preparation for species information basis”. We have a sense of impending crisis in the future reduction of laboratories of insect taxonomy and biodiversity in universities and institutes. The Recommendation suggests that “We will have to rapidly realize development of a large-scale insect specimen collection and construction of biodiversity databases including images and DNA information which lag behind the Western countries. It is not only necessary for Japan for studies of insect diversity themselves, but also for gaining an advantage over other countries in the agriculture, forestry and livestock industries in the present global trade times, for preventing expansion of infection transmitted by insect agents accompanied by global changes, and for doing our duty for safeguarding biodiversity in and outside of Japan.” It adds that the insect scientific community understands the necessity of preparing specimen collections and biodiversity information, but that it is not making enough effort toward supporting biodiversity as the basis of preparation crossing various academic fields. It is necessary for researchers themselves to construct a network of research and education among organizations in Japan by playing a key role transcending academic societies, ministries and government offices and to struggle for constructing specimen collection and information basis preparation in unison and to strengthen cooperation with overseas related institutions and organizations. As the focal point of constructing the network among organizations in Japan, it is thought that our Union is the most suitable organization. We will support an exchange among societies and organizations in the Union by using a homepage and emails and by asking their opinions. 3) To publish a reader based on lectures of our past symposium. We have published the first book in March, 2015 and we will prepare the second one in the near future. 4) To open a symposium collaborating with The Science Council of Japan, Applied Entomology Subcommittee, for popularizing entomology in society. The themes will be medical entomology in 2015 and invasive insects in 2016.
The Union of Japanese Societies for Insect Sciences has significant future roles to play. Our mission for the third term is to implement new approaches to accomplish these goals while collaborating with The Science Council of Japan, academic conferences and related associations. We look forward to your continuing participation, advice and support.