My impression, “Topics and Highlights in the 116th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Dermatological Association (JDA) in Sendai, Japan”

Fumio Kaneko


The 116th JDA Meeting was held and organized by the Department of Dermatology Tohoku University School of Medicine (President: Professor Setsuya Aiba) on June 2-4, 2017 in Sendai City of Miyagi Prefecture. Over the course of 3 days, more than 4,500 dermatologists participated in the meeting from not only Japan but also other Asian countries. The aim of the meeting was to encourage the local population in their recovery from the Huge Disasters of Tohoku Areas (North East of Japan) attacked by gigantic Earthquakes (magnitude 9,0; intensity 7.0) associated with an approximately 10m high Tsunami on March 11, 2011. The people living near the coastlines of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures were severely traumatized and many people died by from the effects of the Tsunami. In addition, the people living near the coast of Fukushima Prefecture had to face to a “Nuclear Crisis” from the Tsunami damaged Tokyo Nuclear Electric Stations. More than 27,000 people died from to the Earthquakes and Tsunami in the three prefectures and 160,000 people living near the electricity power station in Fukushima prefecture had to take refuge in different safety areas due to the nuclear crisis. Although more than 6 years have passed, the recovery is not sufficiently advanced to enable the people to return to their hometown. Larger conferences are needed to inspire and encourage the people living in Tohoku areas

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