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Greetings from the President
Greetings JpAO members and friends,

I am excited to continue serving as the president of the Japanese Association of Orthodontists (JpAO) for 2015-2016 after completion of my 2013-2014 term.

First I want to thank each of you for your membership and your commitment to JpAO.

I would like to send greetings and best wishes to our colleagues and friends in the field of orthodontics around the world.

Also a warm welcome to our newest officers and board members serving a two-year term. I appreciate the important role they play in furthering JpAOfs mission.



About JpAO
JpAO is the only association in Japan of private practitioners specializing only in orthodontics. We have approximately 450 members who have studied orthodontics in graduate school or authorized postgraduate orthodontic programs. Members are experienced, skillful, professional orthodontists providing high quality treatment and care to patients. 

JpAO aims to develop public awareness about orthodontics while at the same time providing a professional network for private practitioners of orthodontics in Japan.

In 2013, we commemorated our 40th anniversary. We are committed to continued hard work in our communities and to establish the field of orthodontics as a dental specialization.


What we do

PUBLIC AWARENESS
Since public education and awareness of oral health and related psycho-social issues are the cornerstones of JpAO, we conduct patient education seminars on topics such as the benefits of a good smile and dental health. We also run an annual nationwide Brace Smile Contest. This contest has proven popular and is extending beyond Japan, to Korea and Taiwan through the Korean Society of Orthodontists (KSO) in 2015 and the Taiwan Association of Orthodontists (TAO) in 2016.

PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
JpAO provides lectures and a journal to improve knowledge and clinical skills in the field of orthodontics. We also conduct several conferences and meetings towards this aim.

In February JpAO holds an annual conference on scientific and clinical themes; while the June annual meeting focuses on the business aspects of practice management.

The Conference Planning Committee and the Board have been busy planning our annual conference, which will be held Feb 24-25, 2016 in Nagano and in 2017 in Chiba.

Details on upcoming conference schedules, registration, and opportunities for sponsorship will be posted online soon.


Patient transfer support
For relocating patients - domestically or internationally - JpAO can also provide assistance. In order to provide high quality service to patients, our nationwide network makes it easy to facilitate the smooth transfer of patients when relocation is necessary. We also support systematic treatment fee transfer or refund to ensure the transition is done agreeably for both doctors and patients.

We have also added socially responsible programs to our line up. This includes online consultations for those under going treatment and the provision of financial assistance to orthodontic patients for those affected by the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.



Please join us!

Thank you again to the members of JpAO. Each member is important in achieving JpAOfs mission. As we move the organization forward, I extend an invitation to each of you to become involved in JpAO through active participation in our conferences, seminars and committees.

I am looking forward to another rewarding year of service to JpAO with each of you.

Regards,
Dr. Yukiho Tominaga
D.D.S. Ph.D.