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SPIE and Japan Society of Applied Physics sign collaboration agreement

14 December 2009

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE and the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) will collaborate in technical conferences, publications, and other information exchange, under an agreement signed recently.Maria Yzuel, SPIE, and Toyohiko Yatagai, OSJ

"SPIE is honored by this opportunity to work more closely with optics and photonics researchers throughout Japan as a result of our relationship with JSAP," said SPIE President María Yzuel. "A more structured alignment between our organizations will benefit our members in their research and will stimulate technology advances."

Yzuel and Hiroshi Ishiwara, President of JSAP, signed the agreement in November on behalf of their societies. Toyohiko Yatagai, President of the Optical Society Japan (OSJ), represented JSAP when Yzuel signed the memorandum of understanding.

OSJ was founded in 1952 as an affiliate of JSAP. "The objective of OSJ is to contribute to the development of science and technology related to optics and photonics," Yatagai said. "Many members of OSJ contribute to SPIE as active members of SPIE. With this MOU, we hope to encourage closer relationships between the two societies."

SPIE cooperates with the OSJ in the sponsorship of annual events in Japan such as the Conference on Optics-Photonics Design and Fabrication, the Optical Symposium, and others.

After the signing, Yzuel gave an invited talk at a plenary session during Optics and Photonics Japan, organized by the OSJ, and SPIE hosted a dinner in Niigata for OSJ leadership and SPIE Fellows. Andrew Brown, SPIE Senior Director for Global Business Development, traveled with Yzuel to Japan for the event.OSJ leadership and SPIE Fellows

JSAP provides an interactive platform for transfer of fundamental concepts from academia to industry for development and technological applications, through its conferences, journals, and other events. Visit jsap.or.jp.

SPIE,the international society for optics and ohotonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, and supports scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org.

Photo captions, from top, above:

SPIE President María Yzuel and Optical Society of Japan President Toyohiko Yatagai celebrate the signing of a memorandum of understanding between their organizations.

OSJ leadership and SPIE Fellows gather for a dinner in Niigata. Standing, from left: Tsutomu Shimuara, Yukihiro Ishii, SPIE Director Mitsuo Takeda, Hiroyuki Tsuda, Goro Nishimura, Kazuhiko Oka; seated, from left: Kazuyoshi Itoh, OSJ President Toyohiko Yatagai, SPIE President Maria Yzuel, Kazuo Kuroda, Osami Sasaki.

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