APRC2017 Successfully Closed - Thank you for all

6th Conference of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung disease, Asia Pacific Region (The Union APRC2017)
Thanks for your support

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The 6th Conference of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung disease, Asia Pacific Region (Union APRC2017) under the main theme of "TB free Asia Pacific -Accelerate Steps toward Healthier Lungs-" was successfully concluded in the presence of Her Imperial Highness Akishino at Tokyo International Forum from 22nd to 25th March 2017 due to your valuable contribution.
We, as organizer of Union APRC2017, would like to express our deepest appreciation for all the support and cooperation we received from participants, chairs and speakers who attended this conference as well as supporting associations and companies.
The purpose of this academic conference was to contribute to the health promotion focusing on tuberculosis and other lung disease in the Asia-Pacific region through the lecture, symposium, research presentation and discussion about a wide variety of issues, such as the measures against tuberculosis, other lung diseases (lung cancer, COPD, asthma), HIV and the health hazards of smoking, also a social system based on epidemiology or legal restraints, enlightenment activities, and cooperation with WHO and other related organizations. For this conference, 805 experts of related fields including around 500 from 37 foreign countries attended and achieved this purpose with active participation.
It has been more than 40 years since Japan last hosted the Union's international conference on tuberculosis. As you may know, even now, 10.4 million people around the world became sick with TB disease and 1.8 million people die of it, of which 60% occurred in Asia-Pacific region. The tuberculosis incidence of our country decreased to 14.4 per 100,000 populations. Even so, we have to continue to make effort for the internal goal to make Japan a low TB incidence country (below 10 per 100,000 population) by 2020, also for controlling TB in Asia and the world considering the reality that 50.3% of tuberculosis patients of Japan aged 20 - 29 years are foreign-born.
Taking advantage of the success of APRC2017, we will focus more energy on the elimination of TB in the world.
Finally, we would like to express our sincere gratitude once again for your support, continued guidance and encouragement.

Yours Sincerely,
March 27, 2017

Honorary President, Tadao Shimao (Advisor Emeritus, JATA)
President, Toru Mori (Director Emeritus, RIT)
Vice-President, Sangjae Kim (Director Emeritus, Korean Institute of Tuberculosis)
Vice-President, Nobukatsu Ishikawa (Director, RIT)
Organizing Committee's Chair, Shoji Kudoh (President, JATA)
Organizing Committee's Co-chair, Takefumi Saito (President, The 92nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Tuberculosis)
Organizing Committee's Co-chair, Michiaki Mishima (Former Chairman, Asian Pacific Society of Respirology)
Secretary General, Seiya Kato (Vice-Director, RIT)
Program Committee's Chair, Takashi Yoshiyama (Principal Physician, Fukujuji Hp)
Financial Committee's Chair, Toshihiro Nukiwa (Board of Directors, JATA)

Outline of Conference


Conference title

6th Conference of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Asia Pacific Region, 2017

Conference Date and venue

22 - 25th March, 2017
Tokyo International Forum, Yurakucho, Tokyo


Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Asia Pacific Region


Toru MORI, MD., PhD.
Director Emeritus of Research Institute of Tuberculosis

Number of Participants

For total 815 participants from 42 countries including Japan, of which over 500 participants are attended from overseas.

Official Language


Support Organization

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Science Council of Japan
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Japan Medical Association
Japanese Nursing Association
Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention
Stop TB Partnership Japan
The Japan Medical-Dental Association for Tabacco Control
GOLD Japan Board
National Federation of Community Women's Organizations For TB Control
Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Japanese Association of Medical Sciences
Japanese Society for Tuberculosis
Japanese Respiratory Society
Japanese Society of Chemotherapy
Japan Society for Respiratory Endoscopy
Japanese Association for Chest Surgery
Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery
Japanese Society of Pediatric Pulmonology
Japanese Society of Respiratory Care and Rehabilitation
Japanese Lung Cancer Society
Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases
Japanese Society of Environmental Infections
Japan Association for International Health
Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine
Japanese Society of Public Health
Japanese Society for AIDS Research
Japanese Society of Allergology
Japan Society for Tabacco Control
Japanese Association of Smoking Control Science

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