All Enjoyed the JMSA 32nd Annual Spring Dinner!

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Written by: Maki Kano, M.D. On April 24th, 2004, the JMSA celebrated its 32nd Annual Spring Dinner at the University Club in New York City. Over 130 JMSA members and their guests attended the event. Dr. Maki Kano, the chairperson of the event and Dr. Shunichi Homma, the President of the society, welcomed the guests with opening remarks. The society was very grateful to Mr. Hiroshi Sato, the Deputy Consulate General of Japan in New York, who addressed the group. The guests had a great time mingling, enjoying a great dinner and dancing to the music of the Manhattan Rhythm Machine. The flower arrangements were beautiful, thanks to Mrs. Lydia Horiguchi. The society thanks the Annual Dinner Committee: Dr. Maki Kano, Dr. Masazumi Adachi, Dr. Jean Furuyama, and Mrs. Lydia Horiguchi. The scholarship recipients were announced. This year’s winners were Kichiemon Asoma, SUNY Downstate, Meredith Kato, Cornell, Jennifer Mariko Neuwalder, Tufts, Yusaku Michael Shino, Cornell and Mikako Watabe, Mount Sinai. Dr. Yuzuru Anzai, the 2004 Scholarship chairperson, introduced the recipients and noted that the recipients were selected from an especially competitive pool of outstanding applicants this year. The society would like to thank the donors to the scholarship fund: Dr. and Mrs. Roy Ashikari, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, the Yamanouchi Pharma America, Inc., Susumu Sekiguchi Foundation and the Tsumura Corporation. The Society is extremely grateful to the following individuals and corporations for supporting the Annual Dinner by sponsoring a table: Dr. Yuzuru Anzai, Dr. Roy Ashikari, The Beth Israel Medical Center-The Japanese Medical Practice Fund, Dr. Hiroshi Kimura, the Mitsui Company, Otsuka Americal Pharmaceutical, Philips Corporation, Sankyo Pharma Inc., and Dr. Mitsugu Shimmyo. Without their support, the annual dinner could not be a success. An auction and raffle were held and raised over 1400 dollars toward the JMSA general fund. The society is grateful to the various members and businesses that donated gifts and their efforts toward the auction and raffle. Dr. and Mrs. Roy Ashikari again donated one week at their penthouse Puerto Rico condominium. The society thanks Dr. Jean Furuyama, Dr. Yuichiro Kuwama, Dr. Robert Yanagisawa, Dr. Masazumi Adachi, Dr. Makoto Iwahara and Marion Robertson. The society thanks the following business: Ito En Corporation, Kikuichi New York, Inc., Restaurant Nippon, Sushi Yasuda, Sushi Den and Benihana Corporation. The JMSA would like to thank the following donors to the JMSA general fund: Dr. Robert Emy, Dr. Mitsugu Shimmyo, Dr. Raymond Sekiguchi and Drs. Teruko and Herbert Neuwalder.

Dr. Kuwama lectures on health care screening

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Written by: Maki Kano, M.D. On April 8, 2004, Dr. Yuichiro Kuwama gave the third JMSA health care lecture at the Nippon Club. The lecture addressed health care screening and was very well attended. The JMSA is grateful to the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, the Nippon Club, and Eisai Corporation for the funding that has made this lecture possible. Dr. Kuwama referred to the United States Special Task Force on Prevention guidelines for health care prevention and screening. Based on the evidence found in the medical literature, he noted that many diagnostic tests such as chest x-rays that are frequently part of the traditional Japanese corporate physicals are not recommend by the USPTF. With respect to primary prevention, counseling patients about smoking prevention is highly recommended as well as counseling patients about the need for smoke detectors and wearing helmets. These recommendations are supported by the literature as significantly decreasing patient morbidity and mortality. The guests were very fortunate to hear a few classical pieces, played by Dr. Kuwama at the end of the lecture. We are learning that Dr. Kuwama is not only a great physician, but a very talented musician. The next JMSA lecture will by presented by Dr. Jean Furuyama in June on the topic of dental health. We hope that you will attend. If you may have any suggestions or comments regarding the healthcare lecture series, please e-mail us.

Focus on our Members 2003

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Dr. Masa Adachi received an award at the annual meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New York on April 13, 2003 for the accomplishments during 50 years after graduation from his medical school. Congratulations to Dr. Adachi: He became the champion of the double tennis tournament on June 23, 2003 at the Knickerbocker Tennis Club in Brooklyn, N.Y. The final was a very touch tie breaker: 7-5 and 9-7. Dr. Akira Kusukawa, a member of the board of directors and recent chairperson of the nominating committee has been profiled in the 2004 Who’s Who in America (58th Edition).

Dr. Roy Ashikari lectures on breast cancer

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Dr. Roy Ashikari lectures on breast cancer by Maki Kano, M.D. On November 18, 2003, Dr. Roy Ashikari, the former President of the JMSA and an internationally acclaimed breast surgeon, gave the third lecture of the JMSA healthcare lecture series at the Nippon Club. Over seventy people attended the lecture. He noted that the occurrence of breast cancer in the United States is 8:1 whereas in Japan, the ratio is 30:1 but unfortunately increasing. Interestingly, Japanese women seem to develop breast cancer at a younger age compared to U.S. women and fortunately, seem to have a better prognosis as the cancer cells are less invasive. He noted that it is concerning that early breast cancer screening and detection is not emphasized enough in Japan. Dr. Ashikari’s lecture was the third lecture of the JMSA healthcare lecture series. The Japanese Chamber of Commerce, together with the Nippon Club has provided the JMSA with a grant to this as well as future lectures. The JMSA will provide healthcare speakers and we hope to have three to four lectures per year. The lectures are geared towards providing healthcare education to the Japanese community as well as to members and friends of the JMSA.

Mitsui USA and Yamanouchi USA participating in the JMSA Scholarhip Program

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Mitsui USA is going to participate in the JMSA Scholarship program through the donations by Mitsui USA Foundation, starting in this years program. There will be two recipients of Mitsui USA JMSA Scholarship this year. Mitsui USA corporation focuses on comprehensive business engineering using information, financial, and logistics technology. Also, Yamanouchi USA Foundation will be funding the Scholarship Program, with a 3-year commitment starting this year. Yamanouchi USA is a Japanese pharmaceutical company in Asia, Europe, and North America. JMSA is very grateful for this generous support.