Closing Address

Distinguished participants,

As we come to the close of APRIM2023, a five-day journey of exploration and collaboration, I am honored to share a few reflections with you.

The inauguration of this conference, graced by the presence of Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Akishino, set the stage for an auspicious and successful event. This holds particular significance in the context of Japanese astronomy, marking the first imperial family attendance since the historic 1997 Kyoto IAU General Assembly, a span of 26 years.

Our official theme song, “ALMA” by the renowned rock artist ACIDMAN, added a unique and vibrant melody to our proceedings. The live performance by Mr. Ohki of ACIDMAN during the banquet, alongside the Noh dance, further enriched the event, a milestone in the 45-year history of APRIM.

Our international gathering, comprising approximately 500 participants from 39 countries and regions, engaged in approximately 500 presentations. The energy and enthusiasm that pervaded our discussions filled me with optimism about the promising future of astronomy. It is with great satisfaction that I declare this conference concluded, and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all who contributed.

The success of APRIM2023 would not have been possible without the steadfast support of Fukushima Prefecture, Koriyama City, and our esteemed sponsors. To each of you, our heartfelt appreciation.

A special mention must be made for the dedicated efforts of the Organizing Committee and the remarkable contribution of our graduate students. Your dedication has been the cornerstone of this gathering. As we look ahead, I invite the members of the Organizing Committee and the graduate students to step forward and join me on this stage.

Thank you, each and every one of you, for your unwavering commitment. Let us now transition to a future illuminated by the promise of APRIM2026. The details will unfold in due course, and I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to gather once again.

With deep gratitude and warm regards,

August 11, 2023

Jun-ichi Watanabe
Chair, APRIM2023 Local Organizing Committee