Dear ICRODSC Co-Directors,
Please accept my apologies for not greeting you earlier. I am Professor Masayasu Takahashi of Meiji University which, as you may know, has recently become an institutional member of ICRODSC. It is a privilege to be permitted to join ICRODSC and I aim to oversee research activities that will actively contribute to its goals. I eagerly look forward to the opportunity of working with you all.
Meiji University, which has a long and distinguished history, ranks among the top thirteen universities in Japan and this year the University is celebrating its 130th anniversary. During the entrance examinations for the 2011 intake there were over 110,000 examinees, making Meiji University one of the most popular destinations for those going on into university education in Japan. Furthermore, Meiji University in the field of social science, and in particular within Japanese business administration, has continuously made significant research contributions. In line with this tradition, I intend through our participation in ICRODSC, to embark upon activities that will enable the University to make further contributions.
In order to achieve this, the Institute of Organizational Discourse, Strategy, and Change (IODSC) has been established at Meiji University. This institute will serve as a stronghold for organizational discourse research in Japan and along with Meiji University it will consist of Senshu University, Seinan Gakuin University and the IMI Research Group in the Japan Society for Management Information. In affiliation with IODSC, the Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change Group (ODSCG) has been formed within Meiji University and has already commenced with both theoretical and practical research.
The Tohoku Kanto earthquake which hit Japan on the 11th March has been an unprecedented catastrophe for the country and the threat posed by the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, crippled in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that followed, will ensure that a state of anxiety and uncertainty will continue for the foreseeable future. However, Tokyo and many major cities and industrial centres around Japan escaped suffering substantial infrastructural damage by the earthquake, and these regions are now actively engaged in numerous activities to ensure that the affected areas receive sufficient aid and are able to begin the recovery process as soon as possible. In the days and weeks following the disaster many countries from around the world have extended offers of help and assistance to Japan and I simply cannot find the appropriate words to fully express my gratitude. I would nonetheless like to take this opportunity to convey my deepest appreciation for all of the effort that has been made on Japanfs behalf.
However, even in the wake of such a devastating earthquake, diverse discourse continues to take place not only in Japan but around the world. I am confident that its analysis will not only contribute to our research, but will also benefit both future Japanese society and global development.
I am delighted that Meiji has joined ICRODSC, in this, the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the Centrefs establishment. My colleagues and I are greatly looking forward to the opportunity of participating in future ICRODSC activities and to working with you on a range of collaborative research projects. I look forward to meeting you all in due course.
Finally, the homepages of IODSC (http://www.kisc.meiji.ac.jp/~iodsc/) and ODSCG (http://www.kisc.meiji.ac.jp/~odscg/) are now both online. Please feel free to pay them a visit.
Again, please accept my apologies for the late dispatch of this greeting and allow me to convey once more how much I am looking forward to working with you all in the future.
1st May, 2011
The Institute of Organizational Discourse, Strategy, and Change