We, the members of the committee of the IAHAIO 2007 Tokyo Conference, have almost cleared the cost, being supported by Hill's-Colgate(JAPAN)Ltd., and many other sponsor and supporters. We sincerely thank sponsors, supporters, endorsers, speakers, presenters and participants for your help and effort to finish this conference successfully.
First of all, we are honored to report that the opening ceremony and the welcome reception on Oct. 5th was dignified by the presence of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino and that His Imperial Highness gave us a special lecture titled “The Origin and Domestication Process of Chickens”.
The total number of participants including exhibitors was 1690, in which 154 people were from 27 foreign countries, and 9 plenary, 13 workshops, 63 oral, 66 poster sessions were presented for 4 days. The most interesting thing was that we had many young people, who will be shouldering the responsibility for the future of the field of human animal interaction in Japan. Three plenary speeches were given by Asian researchers including Professor Yoshihiro Hayashi at the University of Tokyo, which was most appropriate for the first IAHAIO conference held in Asia. One of the exciting workshops was about Cats without Ownership in the USA, UK, Australia, and New Zealand, because many Japanese people are also very interested in the topic. Forty-six of 66 poster presentations dealt with the subjects of the effects of animals on human health, whose significance is also mentioned in the IAHAIO Tokyo Declaration.
We had an exciting conference dinner on the 3rd day of the conference, Oct. 7th , and Dr. Gen Kato and Dr. Hiroko Shibanai were given honorable recognition as pioneers in the field of human animal interactions in Japan at the closing ceremony on Oct. 8th .
We thank all of you for the successful closing of the Conference of IAHAIO in Tokyo. See you again at Stockholm in Sweden in 2010.
Yoichi Shoda, Ph.D.
Chair, Organizing Committee of IAHAIO 2007 Tokyo Conference
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo