On behalf of all members of the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists (JSA), I would like to introduce Kobe, Japan, as the host city of the 10th International Symposium on the History of Anesthesia (the 10th ISHA)in 2021.
In 1804, one Japanese surgeon, Seishu Hanaoka,
performed the first well-documented operation using a general anesthesia (belladonna alkaloids),
an achievement for which he has been honored with inclusion in the International College of Surgeons
(Chicago) Hall of Fame.
Over the past century, Japan has developed a strong tradition of research in sciences related to anesthesiology, and the JSA today is one of the largest and most active associations of its kind in the world. The high standard of research and practice in anesthesiology throughout Japan, combined with the enthusiastic involvement of the extensive JSA membership, would provide an excellent supportive infrastructure for the Symposium in 2021.
The 10th ISHA will be a forum for anesthesiologists from throughout the world to debate issues and exchange ideas, as well as deepen international cooperation in the field of Anesthesia History. The JSA established the Japanese Museum of Anesthesiology (JMA) in 2011. Until now the JMA has been the only museum dedicated to anesthesiology in Japan. In 2021, year of the 10th ISHA, it will commemorate its 10th anniversary.
Holding a meeting in Kobe, is not only attract large participation from Asian countries, but also encourage interchange between anesthesiologists throughout the world. Kobe has a long history as an international port city where various cultures have come together to create a sophisticated urban environment. Due to Kobe's wide range of industries and global business situation, many foreign-affiliated companies are located here. The contrast between beautiful natural surroundings and the bustling modern city are also very attractive.
Kobe is located in the geographical center of Japan (called Kansai region). Japan was closed off to the world for a long time but in 1868, Kobe was opened to the Western countries. Since then, we have imported various things to catch up with and surpass foreign countries, and has become one of the most multicultural city in Asia. Kobe is near Kyoto Nara and Himeji, where the most well-known historical architectures exist. Excellent access is available from Kobe to various places throughout Japan and around the world. The venue for the 10th ISHA is Kobe Portopia Hotel and International Conference Center. The hotel, conference rooms, and multi-purpose arena are linked by covered walkways.
With superb venues and the firm support of all JSA members, we are confident that the 2021 Symposium in Kobe would be a resounding success. We are sure that it will be a successful and scientifically rewarding event.
I sincerely welcome you to Kobe in 2021.
President of the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists