It is really a great honor and privilege for us to host the FAOPS 2020 Congress and invite our colleagues to our country. On behalf of the Japan Society of Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine (JSPNM), I express my sincere appreciation for FAOPS president Prof. Mamoru Tanaka for his considerable efforts. Since the General Assembly in 2016 approved the proposal to hold this Congress in Japan, Prof. Mamoru Tanaka of Keio university has exerted utmost efforts to make this Congress successful. JSPNM society intends to work toward its success and looks forward to his cooperation. Our society is an organization of about 9,100 members and the membership has continued to grow. The objective of the society is to contribute to the advancement of the welfare of Japanese people as well as to progress in medicine through maintenance and improvement of medical care standards in maternal, fetal, and neonatal health care. The foremost feature of our society is the availability of a large number of clinical specialists in obstetrics, neonatology, and other related fields, who work together for the welfare of mothers, fetuses, and newborns through friendly competition and cooperation.
We hope to foster a greater exchange with our counterparts in other parts of the world, especially in rapidly developing Asian countries, to promote further advancement and international contributions. For this reason, we are also working toward globalization of the academic society. To accomplish this objective, we have decided to conduct the joint JSPNM Annual Congress and FAOPS 2020. Every year, around 4,000 delegates attend the Annual Congress and more than 1,000 papers are presented. Prof. Tatsuo Kuroda of Keio university is the president of the Annual Meeting of JSPNM 2020. This is the third time that FAOPS is holding its meeting in Japan. Many papers will be presented not only from Japan but also from Asia-Oceania countries during the four-day program. I am sure that these two joint programs will contribute to achieving further clarification in the perinatal problems that we are facing now. Furthermore, I also hope that all participants will communicate with each other, get acquainted, and make new friends at this Congress. I wish you all a very pleasant stay in Tokyo and hope all participants will take home rewarding and wonderful memories of this Congress.