The 9th Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis will be held in the Nagoya Congress Center in Japan from Thursday, September 5 to Saturday, September 7, 2019, with Professor Yasuhiko Ito of the Division of Nephrology and Rheumatology, Aichi Medical University School of Medicine, as president. As Chair of the Japanese Society for Peritoneal Dialysis, I would like to extend my congratulations and to offer the Society’s all-round support.
Dialysis medicine and treatment in Japan has made remarkable strides during the past 50 years or so, and their therapeutic results are at the highest level even viewed in global terms. However, the vast majority of Japanese dialysis patients are undergoing hemodialysis in medical institutions and only 2.7% are peritoneal dialysis patients, a far lower rate than those of other countries. The need for peritoneal dialysis is expected to rise as the population ages and at-home care becomes increasingly prevalent, and I hope that this Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis will contribute to its development and popularization.
Nagoya is located between Tokyo and Osaka and is also close to the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, making it a convenient city in terms of access. It also has an illustrious history, having been the home of the three famous generals Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, and is blessed with both historical tourist attractions and its own culinary tradition. Please do take the opportunity of this meeting to enjoy yourself here to the full.
I am greatly looking forward to meeting many peritoneal dialysis professionals from the Asia Pacific region at the meeting.
Chair, Japanese Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Jun Minakuchi, MD
(Director, Kawashima Hospital)