The Japan Society of Logopedics and Phoniatrics


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Yukio Katori

Yukio Katori

President of The Japan Society of Logopedics and Phoniatrics

It was my great honor and privilege to be selected to serve as President of The Japan Society of Logopedics and Phoniatrics at the special meeting of the Board of Councillors held in September 2019, and I will do everything I can to perform my duties in keeping with the Society's proud history and importance. Carrying on its activities and overall directions, I pledge to continue and expand on the Society's academic and educational pursuits for the benefit of our members as well as patients of voice and language disorders. I eagerly invite advice and opinions from everyone and ask for your active participation in the Society's various activities.

The Japan Society of Logopedics and Phoniatrics was founded in 1956. Now in our 64th year, our membership today exceeds 1,600, including speech-language-hearing therapists, physicians, school teachers and research scholars. We undertake academic activities relating to speech, hearing and language. Furthermore, in conjunction with our research into central and peripheral (oral, pharyngolaryngeal) functions, we engage in activities extending to the areas of high-order functions, cognition and deglutition.

One area in particular that applies our distinguishing strengths to full advantage is our research and education in the field of language, which broadly divides into voice and hearing functions. Physicians and medical staff in the clinical setting often dedicate considerable time to evaluating and treating peripheral organs: the throat and ears. We hope that through the Society they will deepen their interest in acquiring fundamental knowledge about language development and disorders, as well as the basics of speech and language recognition.

Today, in addition to our traditional core activities in hosting academic lectures, publishing our journal and providing research grants, the Society has launched two new projects planned by my predecessor, Koichi Omori. The first is preparation of guidelines on diagnosis and management. In 2018 we released “Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Voice Disorders,” compiled jointly with The Japan Laryngological Association. Currently, we are preparing guidelines for diagnosing and managing language development. Going forward, the Society will continue to prepare and periodically revise guidelines useful for our many members involved in diagnosing and managing voice and language disorders. Our second major new undertaking is a project relating to education of therapists. In July 2019 we began holding educational workshops on voice disorders, and we will continue to host such events on a regular basis. Notices will be posted in our journal and on the JSLP website, and we look forward to your active participation. In 2018 we revised our “Endoscopic Findings of Voice Disorders,” which was originally published in 2005. While carrying on the format of the earlier version, which had been well received, the new version covers all disorders using endoscopic videos of higher resolution, enabling its use as an educational tool of greater visual clarity. We hope the new publication will be actively used by many members, and also by individuals setting out to study logopedics and phoniatrics.

In the Japan of tomorrow, which will be increasingly impacted by the nation's declining birthrate and aging population, providing support to maintain language communication with the elderly will become ever more important, from the standpoint of extending healthy life expectancy and maintaining the nation's cultural robustness. To develop and expand such care and support, what will be needed is further development of logopedics and phoniatrics, with major breakthroughs especially in the areas of management and education. The Japan Society of Logopedics and Phoniatrics' members include specialists in a broad array of professions - specialists with the potential, through joint research, to develop new treatments and produce major results in the basic research. This will offer us opportunities for making social contributions, achieving further progress in phoniatrics, and developing our members' capabilities. We will continue our grants systems for research in logopedics and phoniatrics, and through academic lectures and post-congress seminars we will strive to educate and provide support that will engender new opportunities for joint research by our members and joint management systems.

I sincerely ask for the further cooperation of all members, to enable the Society and its activities to contribute ever more to the development of logopedics and phoniatrics in the years ahead.