2023-24 President Tomomichi OKANO

Executive Officer , LION Corporpration

January 2024

New Year’s Greetings: Contribution to the Future Made Possible by the Japan Oil Chemists’ Society

Happy New Year! Last year, I had the impression that social activities after the COVID-19 pandemic had begun in earnest, as the annual meeting was held at Kochi University of Technology in a face-to-face meeting for the first time in several years. Of course, virtual tools are convenient, but I am certainly not alone in reaffirming that encounters and activities where one can experience heat firsthand are very stimulating and meaningful. I celebrated my 60th birthday last summer, and looking back, I realized once again that I am here today precisely because I was blessed with so many encounters and was nurtured through the passionate interactions that I have had. I am entering 2024 with the intention of spending the last half of my life repaying this gratitude.

As I wrote in the preface to my inauguration as President of the Japan Oil Chemists’ Society, JOCS, I have set “facing the future” as my most important task as President. There are many angles and
visions for the future that we need to face, but “sustainability” and “wellbeing” are issues that are becoming increasingly important on a global level as well as in society. I believe that these future issues and JOCS have an extremely high affinity.

The history of interface science and surfactants, one of the major academic fields of JOCS, is also a history of resource utilization in accordance with the times. It started with soaps using fish oil and beef tallow as resources and rapidly developed during the period of rapid economic growth through the effective use of fossil resources. Since the 1990s, the development of biosurfactants and the utilization of plant resources have been actively pursued considering environmental compatibility and resource sustainability. In other words, the JOCS was one of the first societies to confront sustainability by bringing industry and academia together in the development of socially useful chemicals. Where JOCS should go in the future is not yet certain, but one possibility is to develop fully usable resources with food use, high CO₂ fixation efficiency, no residue, and the development of technologies that meet these conditions.

On the other hand, wellbeing is also closely related to our field of expertise at JOCS. Nutrition and redox control of natural oils and fats, another major academic field, are important technologies with high affinity. Of course, technological innovations in medicine and drug discovery are also important future technologies, but “knowing” and “preventing” will become increasingly important in dealing with health in a society of longevity.

The uniqueness of JOCS lies in the fact that it is a forum for a wide variety of players, from academia to corporations, in diverse academic fields to openly exchange information on a wide range of topics, from basic to applied, without creating barriers. This year, we would like to hear from many of our corporate and individual members and to conduct activities to increase our usefulness to all stakeholders. Furthermore, one of our hypotheses at this time is to further expand the aforementioned strengths. Specifically, we are considering “strengthening inter- academic collaboration to accelerate internationalization and interdisciplinarity,” “matching academia and companies in both technology and people,” “fostering human resources through seminars and exchange events,” and further  “revitalizing science and technology by obtaining support from the government and other organizations.”

Many issues have been identified from various perspectives regarding the recent research environment for science and technology in Japan. In terms of human resources, issues related to the careers of degree holders and the decrease in the number of members of various academic societies due to population decline are major problems. In addition, in terms of research funding for science and technology, I feel that free research that encompasses unknown possibilities tends to be abandoned because of the concentration on competitive areas and the strengthening of exit controls based on an investment- return perspective. Corporate research is part of business activities, so we should be very conscious of return and speed; however, I am concerned that it is not the original form of academia to bind academic research with a single set of values and methods.

Let me reiterate that the JOCS is a society responsible for areas that have a high affinity with future issues, and it is a rare society consisting of a diverse and open membership. It is not easy to solve future issues, but with the help of our members, we would like to make improvements while prioritizing them. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Finally, under the leadership of Professor Yoshimune Nonomura, Chair of the 62nd Annual Meeting Organizing Committee, we are pleased to announce that the 2024 Annual Meeting will be held in person from September 3 to 5 at the Yonezawa Campus of Yamagata University. We look forward to your participation.


May 2023

Message from Our New President

At the 69th Annual General Meeting and 459th Board of Directors Meeting, I was honored to be appointed president in the 2023 fiscal year. Although I am very uncertain whether an inexperienced academic from the industry will be able to fulfill this great role, I will do my best to face the future of the historic the Japan Oil Chemists’ Society (JOCS), with the weight of responsibility as the first president from industry in the 23 years since 2000. We look forward to your continued advice and encouragement.

The first thing we need to do in the future is to create new forms of academic conference activities, given that the novel coronavirus pandemic, which lasted for more than three years, is finally calming down. The impact of behavioral and face-to-face restrictions on the activities of academic societies was by no means small, and many important events had to be cancelled, curtailed, or held differently. However, we have also gained from this experience. The 2nd World Congress on Oleo Science, WCOS 2022, held in August last year, took advantage of the web conference feature and successfully concluded with not only many research reports from Japan, but also many programs including the new attempt of “Select Lectures,” the JOCS-AOCS joint meeting held in collaboration with the American Oil Chemistry Society (AOCS), the International Society for Fat Research Lectureship Series, and many other programs that were prepared and successfully completed. Nevertheless, one of the important roles expected of the conference is networking and deepening academic discussions. Taking advantage of online convenience and cost advantages, the 61st JOCS Annual Meeting in 2023 will be conducted face-to-face for the first time in four years so that these original functions can be fully realized. The people concerned are also devising ways to hold the reception, considering the social situation at the time. We look forward to your active participation. Similarly, we plan to continue holding various seminars and events, making full use of both real and digital media.

Another important issue for the future is to reaffirm the raison d’etre of JOCS to all the stakeholders that make up the society and to strengthen the sustainability of the association by creating a clear roadmap without neglecting difficult challenges, such as declining membership and financial pressures.

The Journal of Oleo Science (JOS), the flagship international journal of JOCS, has been included in the Directory of Open Access Journals, and the impact factor of JOS was also improved to 1.628. One of the strengths of JOCS is its broad base as an academic field, which has developed based on fats, oils, and interfacial science, and its high realization capability that exists on the same platform, from basic to applied technology. We believe that these are important tools for exploiting this advantage. In addition to accelerating internationalization by actively reaching out to AOCS and researchers in Asia, I would like to take the lead in transforming the way we work with other academic societies, as efforts that seamlessly straddle academic domains, especially health- and environment-related fields, will become mainstream in the future.

JOCS is also characterized by a high proportion of companies and corporate researchers in terms of both membership and financial composition. In the rapidly changing business environment of the future, the usefulness of the society for companies is expected to change significantly. Although this may not be appropriate, it may be necessary to seek a form of academic society with a high investment value. We would like to have a dialog with a wide range of people on this point and attempt a design, albeit in the short term.

I have been a member of JOCS since I was a student more than 30 years ago. I am grateful for the guidance I have received from many senior members of society, which has made me who I am today. I see my appointment as an opportunity to return the favor and I will continue to work to this end in the future. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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The Asian Conference on Oleo Science 2017

The Japan Oil Chemists’ Society will organize the 2nd Asian Conference on Oleo Science (ACOS 2017) and the 56th Annual Meeting of the Japan Oil Chemists’ Society (the 56th Annual Meeting of JOCS) on 11-13 September, 2017 at Kagurazaka campus of Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo,Japan.