Lord May, President of The Royal Society, Mr Orita,
Japanese Ambassador, and honourable guests. We are gathered here
at The Marble Hall at The Royal Society this evening for the purpose
of introducing the new Director Yasuhisa Kanaguchi at our JSPS
London Liaison Office.
Unfortunately, Professor Kunio Sato, former Director
of JSPS London Liaison Office, was unable to attend this evening's
reception due to illness. However, he has asked that, on his behalf,
I express his gratitude to you all, and to thank you for your
Since the establishment of the JSPS London Liaison
Office in 1994, many valuable relationships have been formed,
facilitating the establishment of Japan-UK collaborations through
scientific events organised jointly with UK Universities and Institutions.
Since 1995, JSPS London Liaison Office has organised
one large-scale seminar annually. Various scientific topics have
been the theme of these past seminars. Through these events, many
collaborations have been established, and JSPS hopes to encourage
further relationships particularly between young postdoctoral
researchers and graduate-students in Japan and the UK. It is the
belief of JSPS that in order to build valuable future Scientific
and Academic relations between Japan and the UK, we must encourage
the formation of such links. This, we hope, will facilitate the
development of research and science in both Japan and the UK for
years to come.
We are pleased to welcome so many hosts and participants
from our past programmes here this evening. Our latest event was
held in January of this year, when JSPS London Liaison Office
was kindly invited by Professor Frances Ashcroft to organise a
large-scale seminar in Oxford entitled "Ion Channels, Transporters
and Cell Excitability". We continue our endeavour to create opportunities
for Japanese and UK researchers to meet and share their latest
Finally, I would like to thank The Royal Society
for providing us with such a fine venue for holding this reception.
We are most grateful to all of you present here for your continued
kindness and support to JSPS London Liaison Office. We look forward
to strengthening our present relations in the UK and to developing
new links. As the new Director of JSPS London Liaison Office,
we hope that Professor Yasuhisa Kanaguchi will further develop
London Liaison Office, we hope that Professor Yasuhisa
Kanaguchi will further develop these relationships.
Thank you. I now hand over to the new Director, Professor
Yasuhisa Kanaguchi, who will provide a greeting.