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President's Message

Yasushi Fukuizumi
Message from the President
Yasushi Fukuizumi

My name is Yasushi Fukuizumi, and I was elected as the 2022 President of the Gas Turbine Society of Japan (GTSJ) at the general meeting in April. I would like to extend my greetings on my appointment as President of the Society.

This year marks the 50th year anniversary of the founding of the Society, and there are plans for various commemorative events. At this juncture, while looking back on the past, I would like to discuss with you about the future of the academic society and make valuable proposals to society.

First of all, in the current situation of the management of the conference, under the leadership of former President Ota and with the cooperation of each board member and committee members, a new management method was immediately tackled, such as holding regular lectures online, and a new foundation for the management of the conference was established. In this fiscal year, we would like to continue to work on the management of new style of operation with the cooperation of society members. We would like to receive frank opinions from our members.

The current challenge for the GTSJ is to maintain the number of society members. This is not just for the GTSJ. The energy revolution known as “Energy Transition”, which is said to occur once every 100 years, is proceeding. This might be giving a negative impression to machines that use fossil fuels, and I think it is leading to the loss of interest among young people. However, it still does not seem to be properly recognized that it is these machines that actually constitute the infrastructure of society and support your social and economic activities. On the other hand, I think it is also true that these machines need to evolve in accordance with the Energy Transition.

Gas turbines with high specific power and high energy density are expected to play many roles, not only in the evolution of the main unit itself but also in the application of carbon neutral fuel. Therefore, we would like to promote enlightenment activities through academic activities that positively consider gas turbines as energy devices in the process of evolution to young people.

Furthermore, I think there is another social background to the general slump in the activities of this society. Not long ago, the front page of a newspaper ran an article with the shocking title "Japan is a country with low education.". The article also suggested that the government, industry and academia should raise awareness. It was considered that one of the reasons was the low evaluation of Japanese academic society activities for the deepening of scholarship and research, but looking at the recent social situation, I certainly feel that way.

For example, when I look at the discussion on energy transition, what I feel these days is the lack of depth in the discussion to embody new developments in the world. Rather, I see corporate managers who are emotionally crying out for the prevention of global warming, are swayed by trends created by people in the financial business such as ESG investment, and worry about stock prices and are anxious to follow the trend. This is also a reflection of myself. It seems that the huge amount of funds that are seeking investment destinations all over the world are making hasty moves to find ways to use them as soon as possible. I think it would be better if there were more calm and concrete deliberations and discussions on the gradual deployment of existing infrastructure.

The GTSJ has been regularly discussing about the future of energy infrastructure equipment, including aviation engines. I think that the institute has the potential to be a venue for such robust discussions that may create in-depth discussions on energy strategies suitable for Japan through industry-academia-government collaboration, and discussions on legitimate arguments, including deeper sociological perspectives, through university faculty collaboration. This may sound like “talk big” on academic activities, but if the academic society itself can produce meaningful activities that stimulate the intelligence of young people through the recognition of the role of science and technology as a means of solving social issues, rather than focusing on products called gas turbines, I expect young people with high awareness will naturally gather there. Those who have the opportunity to create intelligence in the first place is also responsible for the society's low understanding of the deepening of intelligence.

In this fiscal year, I hope that the situation of coronavirus infection will be calmed down a little, and I would like to increase the number of opportunities for hybrid face-to-face and online consultations so that we can have a lively discussion with everyone. Besides, I would also like to encourage young people and women to take an active role in diversity.

The international conflict over Ukraine has had a major impact on the global energy situation and supply chains. As a country with small energy resources, Japan has been immediately affected. In the future, in addition to the basic direction of reducing the environmental impact, it is also necessary to respond to the extreme changes that may occur from time to time. In response to such changes, we would like to establish a forum for open discussion with our members in order to make our presence felt as an academic society that has the potential to practically provide legitimate opinions.