New Year’s Greetings

January 2018
President of Japan Welding Society
Fumiyoshi Minami

First of all, we would like to wish you a happy new year.
We are very glad to greet the New Year with all JWS members and also, wishing this year will be a wonderful one for all of you.

The mission of JWS is not just to build the academic basis and competence for welding and joining technologies, which aims at leading the world by the intellectual collaboration and diversity, but also to innovate manufacturing by implementing cultivated seeds of research into the society, which attributes to establishing the welding community where we can convey a dream to the next generation.

JWS holds the national meeting in every spring and fall as the biggest events, so that we can disseminate our research potential and its practical application to manufacturing industries. At the latest fall national meeting, which was held in Kyushu Institute of Technology, near Kokura, by efforts of JWS Kyushu branch, there were 220 general presentations, the largest in these past ten-odd years, and were around 600 participants, which has marked a new record among the past national meetings. Note that, at the fall national meeting in Ikaho-Onsen, Gunma 2016, there were about 500 participants. Thus, we got the largest number of participants in 2016 and 2017. In order to encourage such recent trend, JWS should develop more attractive activities to be welcomed by the members.

Now, it has passed one-year and half since JWS and JWES (Japan Welding Engineering Society) launch the business cooperation under the framework of JIW (Japan Institute of Welding). The aim of the cooperation is to sustain the cultivation of “Welding Resource” in Japan based on the harmonization of “Academic Intelligence” mastered by JWS and “Technological Intelligence” accumulated in JWES, which can take the initiative in the world. We have established “Joint Planning Committee” in JIW to realize this business cooperation, where action programs are under discussion by the selected members from JWS Strategic Planning Committee and JWES General Planning Council.

The program is just setting off this year. JWS proposes the following 4 approaches that concur with JWES in many aspects.

  • Human resource cultivation & Education cooperation: We should structure human resources bank for education/research, technology development and skill transfer in the integrant field for the next generation of welding and joining. We intend to expand the welding community soundly, with taking into consideration of how to increase young researchers’ involvements and women’s activities, and to revitalize the local branch of JWS.
  • Research cooperation: We strengthen the research organization for IIW and enhance the presence of Japan in the international society. We identify the JWS/JWES expert panels responsible for 17 Technical Commissions in IIW and structure the meeting of Delegates of Japan. We plan to revise our management solution for the existing research committees in JWS and JWES through the position of Research-oriented or Technology-oriented.
  • Cooperation for pioneering a new field : We devote the matching of research seeds, spotting the state-of-the-art trend, with industry needs, which leads to the development of a new business model to form a wave “Research & Development→Practical application→Standardization”. This is really what we can achieve by the business cooperation of JIW and JWES. The important proposals of this cooperation business include an additive manufacturing, welding technology for dissimilar materials, science of corrosion in welds.
  • Information & publication cooperation:We should intensify our outreach activities so that “Welding & Joining” can influence the society widely as the socially-recognized word. We plan to hold a welding festival consisting of presentations, demonstrations, exhibitions, welding on trials, virtual simulations etc. all in one, and to publish a joint journal of science and technology. It is also very important for our project to integrate our information from a user’s viewpoint.

We will certainly initiate above approaches as soon as possible. Your opinions, suggestions, innovative proposals are highly appreciated, which enables our cooperation to bring a big advantage to the welding society and to be an attractive one for both the university/industry.
Lastly, I wish everyone’s continued success and good health whole this year and appreciate your cordial support and cooperation for JWS activities.

Greetings from the President at the General Meeting

April 2017
President, the Japan Welding Society (JWS)
Fumiyoshi MINAMI

A whole year has gone by since I was appointed as the 53rd President of the Japan Welding Society (JWS) last April. I would like to show my deepest gratitude to the individual and company members of the JWS for their continued support.

The JWS celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016 and as a commemorative event we held a joint conference of the 9th International Symposium of the Japan Welding Society (9WS) & the 10th International Conference on Trends in Welding Research organized by the American Welding Society in October at Hitotsubashi Hall, Tokyo. During a special session at 9WS, I was given an opportunity to introduce the activities of the JWS, such as research committee activities, national congress, symposium and seminars, education, public relations and publications, younger members’ activities, international activities, branch activities, and so on. I realized once again that JWS is supported by each and every member of the organization because of their profound understanding of and dedication to the JWS activities.

This year will be a new year for the welding industry in Japan, as it enters a new phase. As we announced in the press release of October 5th last year, the JWS and the Japan Welding Engineering Society (JWES) renewed Japan Institute of Welding (JIW), which had been a joint management of both societies, to enhance communication with the International Institute of Welding (IIW). We also announced that we will promote our joint activities under JIW. The aim is to maintain a continual progression of “competency in welding” in Japan, having “knowledge acquired by studying” (to build academic frameworks regarding the basis of the science of welding and joining, and joining by advanced technology) which JWS exceeds in, and “knowledge acquired by practicing” which JWES similarly promotes, in order for our country to take the initiative in the world.

JIW’s “Joint Planning Committee” is responsible for the planning of the joint activities, and is composed of four representatives from the JWS Planning Committee (of which I am one of the members), two representatives from the JWES General Planning Committee and two JWES directors who represent the industry, which makes eight members in total. We held an inaugural meeting in February, and have confirmed the points listed below as policies of the joint activities.

  • To plan collaborative activities which we think will give a significant advantage to the welding industry in Japan.
  • To establish themes which will appeal to both industry and the academic world.
  • To run activities that will be valuable for members of both the JWS and the JWES.

We were open in our exchange of opinions and took note of various points, such as international activities and the development of standardization, next generation welding and joining technologies to be developed, areas of industry to be covered, how the education and training system should be organized, human resources development, and technological advancements.

Questions that arose during the meeting were:

  • Are our activities being conducted taking into account the present situation of the welding industry in Japan?
  • Are we producing a sufficient number of researchers and engineers to meet the needs of the welding industry in Japan?
  • Is the distinction between the skills required on site and in advanced research clear?
  • Is the skill gap between original contractors and subcontractors resolved in a systematic way?
  • Is the PR for recruitment to the welding industry working well?

Many of the questions which arose were related to the foundations and fundamental principles of both organizations, and we realized once more that what we need is a strategy which responds to our society’s needs and present conditions. At the Joint Planning Committee, we will think about how to deal with those questions together, and aim to develop this collaboration so that our activities can receive worldwide recognition.

Research into welding is a science that deals with the skill of “joining things,” and manufacturing is supported by a technology that is a practical implementation of this science. Moreover, developing the knowledge of manufacturing will lead to advances in technology for the next generation and the development of human resources. The JWS will continue to improve its influential power as a center of welding and joining research, be involved in collaborative activities with the JWES, and investigate the ways to link the knowledge of manufacturing.

We really appreciate the continuing support of all the JWS members. Thank you.