Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

The 49th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Neurology

Neuroscience in Japan: Its charm and challenge for future generations

Jun Kimura, M.D.

Department of Neurology University of Iowa Health Care Iowa City Iowa, USA

The Japanese Society of Neurology (JSN), founded in 1960, gained the momentum after the 12th World Congress of Neurology (WCN) held in Kyoto (1981) and currently enjoys an indisputable reputation as a major contributor to neuroscience. Despite this achievement, we often find it difficult to debate with an English-speaking opponent. Our traditional teaching emphasizes silence rather than eloquence as the virtue with the dictum not to dwell upon your knowledge base (learn 10, speak 1). This practice would make it difficult for us to compete against those trained to elaborate even on limited information (learn 1, speak 10). To counter our timidity, we must develop self-confidence, learn to express our views fully and abandon the impractical spirit of perfection in favor of candor. From my vantage point working with the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), science talks "broken" English at an international conference such as WCN. Thus, it suffices that we speak clearly, if not fluently, to effectively participate in global affairs. Last but not least, we must seek the sovereignty of neurology world wide as advocated by WFN. I hope members of the JSN will have a continued success in their pursuit of international recognition, which they so justifiably deserve.
Full Text of this Article in Japanese PDF (466K)

(CLINICA NEUROL, 48: 792|797, 2008)
key words: neuroscience, international recognition, academic presentation, JNS, WFN, WCN

(Received: 14-May-08)