the Steering Committee Chair
In modern society, many difficulties, such as opposition arisen from rich-poor gap expansion, conflict caused by different values and religions, increase of illegal immigrants and refugees, and threat of terrorism, are highlighted as big problems. It seemed that the earth became relatively smaller and people's cooperation and social reconciliation advanced smoothly at the time, when internet and satellite communication technologies emerged. However, it can be said that the advance does not necessarily go straight towards the desired direction. Rather, people feel the world is divided, these days.
But, when looking back to human history, it is a fact without doubt that people's cooperation and social reconciliation are very important for the development of human society and the world. We should learn our history once again, and consider seriously what is necessary for human happiness and prosperity.
By the way, microwave in academic field handles wave phenomena. Pythagoras, who was a philosopher and mathematician in ancient Greece, tried to explain that all physical phenomena are ruled by a harmony of wave motion. And he invented the "Pythagorean scale" for music based on this concept. Seen from modern knowledge, his theory includes many misunderstandings, but it is interesting that it contains a common concept of the modern quantum physics. Pythagoras offered us the unique world-view, in which all physical phenomena are explained by a harmony of wave.
Kyoto, where APMC 2018 is held, flourished as a Japanese ancient capital and center of Japan for a long time. Here in Kyoto, Japanese classic culture are succeeded until today. And Kyoto is one of the most famous tourist spots, where many people from home and abroad visit. A principle of Japanese culture is culture of "WA". The word "WA" takes various meanings. But, this word may have the closest meaning to an English word "harmony". Although Japan has our own original cultures from ancient days, we have deepened the cultures by harmonizing them with other Asian cultures, such as Kanji characters and Buddhism from China, the advanced metal processing technology and ceramics technology from Korea. Even today, many famous electronic component manufacturers in Kyoto try to incorporate the latest technologies from Europe and America and harmonize them with their own original technologies.
Microwave technology plays very important role as a means of communication in modern society. In addition to this, it also plays significant roles in energy transfer, remote sensing, microwave heating, production of chemicals and medical applications.
The fundamental concept of APMC 2018, "Harmonious World Connected by Microwaves", is put up with our deep wishes that not only countries or areas but also various academic fields and their applications are connected by microwave technology, to sympathize and harmonize each other for creating happiness and prosperity of human society. As mentioned above, I believe the historical city "Kyoto" is the most suitable place to send such a message. We are trying to do new challenges in APMC 2018 so that such various discussions actively take place.
It is our supreme pleasure to invite you to APMC 2018 in Kyoto to have useful discussions. I sincerely request you to come to Kyoto at this occasion.
Steering Committee Chair of APMC 2018