High school students and educators from countries all around the world, high school students and educators from all parts of Japan, we at Ritsumeikan High School would like to welcome you wholeheartedly to JSSF 2015.
Ritsumeikan High School celebrated its 110th anniversary this year. With our founding ideals of “freedom and innovation”, we place great importance on developing new ideas and values through free thought and not being bound to preconceived notions and conventional norms. After deep reflection upon our wartime experience in World War II, we committed ourselves to the core educational philosophy of “freedom and democracy”.
The scientific and technological research that we pursue is one that contributes to the development of a peaceful and democratic society. In recent years, we are faced with many problems such as poverty, war, environmental issues, energy issues, and food supply, none of which can be solved without peace and international cooperation. I am certain that the power of the young scientists gathered here at JSSF 2015 will be the source of further scientific and technological development, and will bring about peace around the world and happiness for all mankind.
Our school received again for the 4th time designation from the national government as a Super Science High School, and is ushering in its 14th consecutive year as a research school. We welcome this designation with great pleasure and a deep sense of responsibility. We believe this is recognition of the efforts towards internationalization of science education which we have built up together with you through endeavors such as JSSF. Let us deepen our friendships and learn together at this year’s JSSF.
Finally, I would like to express my deep appreciation towards the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, local municipalities, the Board of Education, Ritsumeikan University, and the numerous corporations who are supporting this year’s JSSF.
I hope this year’s JSSF bring many more new encounters and friendships.