Opening Ceremony

  • Date: August 7
  • Time: 13:00 – 13:42
  • Location: Hall A in BIG PALLET FUKUSHIMA
  • Emcee: Ayumi Asai
  • Language: English


Introduction of our guests of honor

  • Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy, Shigeyuki Goto
  • Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Masao Uchibori
  • Mayor of Koriyama City, Masato Shinagawa

Introduction of the orgnizers

  • Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the University of Aizu, Qiangfu Zhao
  • Vice-President of the Science Council of Japan, Yukari Takamura  on behalf of President Takaaki Kajita
  • President of the International Astronomical Union, Debra Meloy Elmegreen
  • Vice-chair of the Local Organizing Committee of APRIM2023, Hirohide Demura

Opening remarks

Jun-ichi Watanabe
Chair, APRIM2023 Local Organizing Committee
/ National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Greetings from the Organizer

Greeting from the University of Aizu

Qiangfu Zhao
Vice-President and Vice-Chairperson, the University of Aizu

Greeting from the Science Council of Japan

Yukari Takamura
Vice-President, Science Council of Japan

Greeting from the International Astronomical Union

Debra Meloy Elmegreen
IAU President

Address by Her Imperial Highness

Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Akishino

Address (Link to The Imperial Household Agency’s page)

Congratulatory address

From Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy

Shigeyuki Goto
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy

From Governor of Fukushima Prefecture 

Masao Uchibori
Governor of Fukushima Prefecture

From Mayor of Koriyama City

Masato Shinagawa
Mayor of Koriyama City

Message from the Prime Minister of Japan

Closing Address

Hirohide Demura
Co-Chair, APRIM2023 Local Organizing Committee
/ The University of Aizu

Without further ado, I would like to conclude this opening ceremony.
Please enjoy the this week of discussing astronomical research together and eating local food and drink in Fukushima. I wish you a wonderful APRIM2023!