The Mammalogical Society of Japan continues developing as one of the international bases of the mamamlogy with 1,100 members of the Society. The Society has finished becoming a general incorporated association and, under the stronger social trust, will make effort to create the free and active Society.
In this period, the Twelfth International Mammalogical Congress (IMC-12) in Perth, Australia, will be held in July 2017. Australia and Japan are countries of the same Pacific Rim with a unique fauna of mammals. The two countries have acted as leaders of the development of mammalogy in the East Asia-Pacific Regions. Because it is a good opportunity of the international activity of the Mammalogical Society of Japan, I would be delighted if you would actively participate in the Congress to communicate with mammalogists of the world.
There is an important role to raise a young member carrying the next generation in scientific study and education in The Society. I sincerely hope that The Society where young people intensely discuss will develop. I would be pleased if you could give us guidance and encouragement for the development of The Society.