March 18, 2011
I would like to leave here a short word for the situation in Japan. I already expressed my deeply sadness to the President of the Japan Dental Association, Dr. Mitsuo Okubo and to Prof Masaki Kambara, FDI Councilor, for the tragic devastation brought by the earthquake and consequently the radioactive steam that is being relieve. It’s dramatic.
I have been kept attention for the follow-up of this nuclear catastrophe that caught the Japanese people, but I’m confident that all efforts would be made for Japan’s recover and rebuild.
I believe that an all-out rescue effort will be needed and that everyone could help in what may concern. I would like to sensitize all dentists that have availability and resources to help the victims that may need dental treatment and to assist in identifying victims through observation an analysis of the registration dental clinic.
My thoughts remain with the people of Japan.
January 31, 2011
Last week, took place the second session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury, at the Makuhari Messe Conference Centre in Chiba, Japan.
Second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Commmittee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury (INC2), Chiba, Japan, 24-28 January 2011
I was there representing FDI World Dental Federation, leading the delegation. FDI had a substantial representation as well as ADA, IADR, among others organizations. Presences: Dr Julian Fisher, Dr Stuart Johnston, Dr Masaki Kambara, Dr Peter Cooney, Dr Dan Meyer, Dr. Jerome Bowman, Dr. Christopher Fox and Dr. Kenneth Anusavice. I specially acknowledge the role of Dr. Julian Fisher dealing with all the aspects of this important summit.
FDI’s presence was very important to ensure that the issues concerning dental amalgam are properly represented in this discussions regarding mercury.
This session was more detailed than the first one on the mercury instrument, bringing positive points and scientific appointments. Several Governments also provided additional information to contribute to the documents for discussion.
January 30, 2011
Visit to the GC Corporate Center on January 27th in Tokyo. In this picture with GC President and CEO Makoto Nakao.