Governor’s Message

This is the time of year to remind you of our Chapter Meeting in June. We are going to hold the meeting remotely for the first time. The all-virtual meetings have some disadvantages in some aspect but at the same time there are advantages as well – even busy doctors can participate in the meetings from their offices without travelling so far. The planning team of the Scientific Program Committee led by Dr. Sugihiro Hamaguchi has put together a great agenda. I am excited to welcome our members to the meeting.

The ACP annual meeting in the USA, Internal Medicine Meeting 2021 (IMM2021), took place the other day in the virtual style and it went successfully. Although there were some challenges for us because of time difference between USA and Japan, it was a wonderful meeting. I personally enjoyed “Thieves’ Market” by Dr. David Scrase. Cases were presented in fun and interactive session. This event will be introduced to Japan for the first time in the next Japan Chapter meeting in June. I hope all of you will enjoy!

Congratulations new fellows and masters! To follow are the pictures from the IMM2021. It’s a pity that we couldn’t do marching in the venue but it was a proud moment.

The Physicians’ Well-being Team of our Chapter conducted a questionnaire survey in March and reported that 69 (30.9%) among 223 respondents had burnt out as of the survey. The survey also found that 79 (35.4%) and 78 (35.0%) reported insomniac symptoms and anxiety, respectively, whilst 33 (14.8%) were depressed. Approximately 40% of the respondents considered changing their job responsibilities in the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope all the stress will be dispersed with weathering the coronavirus crisis.

It has been two years since I became a Governor and now it’s time to select the next Governor (Governor-Elect). I know that both of the two candidates are excellent persons and each deserves to be a governor. I hope all the members will join in the fair voting.

Stay well and enjoy your spring and summer!

Kenji Maeda

Governor’s Message


しかし、いまだ各種学会はオンラインが主流で、ACP本部の年次総会IM2021(4月29日~5月1日)も、日本支部の総会(6月26日~27日)も例外ではありません。最近オンライン形式の学会も悪いことばかりでなく一長一短があることが段々分かってきました。短所としては特に海外の学会では時差があり、場合によっては深夜~早朝にかかると睡眠時間が取れなくなること(通常の学会なら夜の就寝時間はきちんととれるがオンラインでは日中は通常の仕事があり休めない)が挙げられます。国内の場合でも診療と重なれば学会参加より診療の方を優先せざるを得ないという事もあり得ます。画面上の面談は出来ても実際のface to faceの出会いとは違って参加者同士の交流が深まらないという点も欠点でしょうか。一方、今まで日ごろ忙しくて、あるいは距離があり過ぎて学会になかなか参加できなかったという方には手軽に参加出来てしかも旅費も宿泊費もかからないという利点があります。是非この利点を生かして頂ければと思います。SPCの濱口杉大先生が中心となりオンラインの特性を生かした支部総会を企画して下さっていますので、是非ご参加ください。

本部の昨年の年次総会(IM2020)が中止になり、今年のIM2021もオンラインになることから、今年本部では昨年度から今年度の2年にわたる新FACPや新MACPの先生方のためのオンラインでのconvocation ceremonyを企画しています。実際にレガリアを着用しての行進ではなく残念ですが、それなりに意義あるものになると思います。新FACPの方のためのceremonyは4月29日東部時間(夏時間)午後6時から(日本時間では4月30日金曜日午前7時に相当)、新MACPまたは名誉フェローの方のceremonyはその一時間後(日本時間4月30日午前8時)、支部の表彰などのceremonyはさらにその一時間後(日本時間4月30日午前9時)に予定されています。平日の朝ですので、視聴できないという方も多いかと思われますが、あとからでも視聴できるようになる予定です。

この場をお借りして先日2月6日~7日に行われた第一回ACPアジア大会(Asian ACPCON 2021)にご参加いただいた皆様に御礼申し上げます。初めての試みでしたが今回の主催のインド支部のご努力で成功裏に終わりました。第2回目はバングラデシュ支部、第3回目は日本支部が主催して継続して毎年行われる予定です。引き続き皆様のご協力をお願い致します。

最後に今年は次期支部長を選ぶ選挙の年にあたります。詳しくは時期が来ればLNC委員長の永山正雄先生からお知らせがあると思いますのでよろしくお願い致します。今年選ばれた方は「次期支部長指名者」Governor-Elect designeeと呼ばれ、来年2022年春(本部総会終了後)からは「次期支部長」Governor-Electとして一年間研修の上、2023年春(本部総会終了後)から私とバトンタッチして、支部長Governorの業務に就いていただくというスケジュールになります。公明正大な選挙になりますよう、期待しています。

2021年2月                    前田賢司

Governor’s Message


Winter is approaching and the days are getting shorter. It is time to review this year and think about the next one.

It is regrettable that we had to give up the annual chapter meeting (Kyoto) in June due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a pity too that the IM meeting 2020 (LA) in April was cancelled and the fall meeting of Board of Governors (Savannah, GA) in October was changed to a virtual meeting.

I am thankful for our chapter members who have dedicated themselves to their patients and the society in the difficult time of pandemic. I am also thankful for our advisory council and committees who have been busy with the work of our chapter.

I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate Keijiro Saku, MD, MACP, on his election to Mastership in the College. Dr. Saku, the President of Fukuoka University, was a person of distinguished service in the beginning period of our chapter.

Also congratulations to the new fellows for 2020: Tadashi Matsumura (March), Kazuaki Jindai, Takashi Matono (July), Tomohito Gohda, Mitsushige Nishimura, Eiichiro Sando, Kazutomo Sawai, Ryoma Tanaka, Ryusuke Yoshimi, Yuki Kataoka (September), Naoko Iwasaki, Yoshitsugu Obi, Kazuhiro Takahashi, and Yoshitaka Tomoda (November). Congratulations to all! Dr. Naoko Iwasaki was elected directly upon nomination by the Governor with a help from Women’s Committee (chair: Noriko Yamamoto) in response to a new College initiative to appropriately recognize outstanding women members.

In closing – I am amazed at what we can do with technology, such as meetings through Zoom and other platforms. There are so many events with this technology in 2021. In February, the first Asian chapters’ conference in virtual style, the Asian ACPCON 2021, will be hosted by India chapter. The IM meeting 2021 during April 29th to May 1st will go virtual too, and we are also planning to hold a hybrid or virtual chapter meeting in June. So please stay tuned!

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or suggestions. I wish you a peaceful holiday season.


Kenji  Maeda

Governor’s Message






2020年夏 前田賢司

New Member of Student Committee

Committee: Student Committee

Job Title: –

Name: Yuka Iijima

Degree: MBBS

Institution: Fudan University

Division/Department: Faculty of Medicine

Hobby: Ballroom Dance, Flower Arrangement, Reading Books

Message: I would like to be an international physician who can make a difference to public health.

New Member of Student Committee

Committee: Student Committee

Job Title: –

Name: Naoki Harada

Degree: –

Institution: Juntendo University

Division/Department: Faculty of Medicine

Hobby: Traveling

Message: I have had a strong interest in medicine, especially the heart is the part of the body I find most fascinating.

New Member of Public Relations Committee

Committee: Public Relations Committee

Job Title: Associate Professor

Name: Hiroo Wada

Degree: MD, MBA, PhD, FACP

Institution: Juntendo University

Division/Department: Public Health

Hobby: Tennis, Travel

Message: I believe ACP activities will provide us, physicians, with the applicable knowledge & skills in the fields of clinical medicine and public health.

New Member of Public Relations Committee

Committee: Public Relations Committee

Job Title: Assistant Professor

Name: Yasuyuki Arai

Degree: MD, PhD

Institution: Kyoto University

Division/Department: Department of Hematology

Hobby: Travelling

Message: Hope to be a good connector between ACP Japan and ACP global.

New Member of Public Relations Committee

Committee: Public Relations Committee

Job Title: –

Name: Hiroshi Sugimoto

Degree: MD

Institution: Kobe Red Cross Hospital

Division/Department: Department of Respiratory Medicine

Hobby: Mountain trekking

Message: To cure sometimes, to relieve often, and to comfort always.

Governor’s Message


Dear ACP members and friends,

I hope you and your families are safe and well.

As covid-19 spreads around the world including this country, I believe all of you, more or less, have involved in the fight against the virus. Thank you for everything for you’re doing on a daily basis to support one another and your patients.

Normally, in this timing of newsletter, I would tell about the success of the recent ACP meeting, the Internal Medicine Meeting 2020, but as you may have already known, it was unfortunately cancelled.

We too had to cancel all the schedule concerning our chapter meeting in June due to this crisis, although now it seems that the first wave of the awful pandemic is passing…

As for the information concerning the pandemic, ACP is compiling first-hand accounts and relevant resources from the internal medicine community during these challenging times, helping you stay informed with the latest articles. You can find the resources on the ACP website. “COVID-19: An ACP Physician’s Guide” is available at the top page. (If it’s not available, access the Clinical Information bar at the top.) It is a great resource provided by ACP!

I look forward to reuniting as a chapter. Until then, stay safe and well.


Kenji Maeda, MD, FACP