Message from the President

Yoshitake Yokokura, M.D., Ph.D.
Japan Society of School Health

Following the recent enforcement of the new public interest foundation system in Japan, the Japan Society of School Health received approval to change its official status, and on June 1, 2012 the Society formally became the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Japan Society of School Health.

Under the new system, approval for the establishment of “public interest incorporated foundations” is granted by the Cabinet Office with the aim of promoting extensive not-for-profit activity by the general public, so that ordinary citizens can contribute to the enhancement of the public welfare, etc. By comparison with general incorporated foundations, public interest incorporated foundations benefit from preferential treatment in relation to the Corporation Tax Act, etc., and in return are expected to make a high contribution to the public interest. Since its foundation in 1920, the Japan Society of School Health has been contributing to the public welfare in Japan with respect to school health related matters for over 90 years.

In the future, the Society will need to achieve a further strengthening of its financial underpinnings by making effective use of donations and sponsorship from business enterprises and from the general public, as well as from the Society’s own revenue-generating activities, etc.; at the same time, the Society needs to be working proactively to help solve the health-related issues that affect children today, and to act as opinion leaders for school health, so that Japanese children can enjoy good physical and mental health in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the support and assistance we have received during the transition to public interest incorporated foundation status. I hope that everyone involved in school health related fields will continue to work with us to support the further development of the Society in the future.