JOA Elects New President

We have received the good news on the election of Mr. Tsuyoshi SASAOKA as the new president of JOA. Please read below the message of immediate past president Mr. Michiaki TAKAISHI of sharing the news to all of us

Dear friends,

It is my honor to inform you that the Japan Ostomy Association has elected the new president succeeding me who has served last four years as JOA president.

New president is Mr. Tsuyoshi SASAOKA, who was born in 1939, got urostomy surgery in 1998, joining JOA's Yokohama chapter immediately, was elected the chapter's executive member in 2002, was elected JOA's board member in 2003, and has worked as the JOA's executive board member since then including vice president from 2009 to 2013.

He has been a very active member of JOA in the international activities as well, participating most IOA, AOA or ASPOA conferences, and visited Mongolia and Vietnam to inaugurate the twin programmes between JOA and ostomy associations of both countries with me.
His term of office as the president is two years from June 2015 to June 2017.

I wish you all to extend your friendship and kindness to him, too. His e-mail address is:

JOA President

Likewise, Dr. Buch extends his gratitude to Mr. Takaishi and congratulations to Mr. Sasoaka on the changing of guards at JOA. Dr Buch says "I congratulate the new president of JOA Mr Tsuyoshi Sasaoka and am sure that we will continue to work togather and with close friendship and cooperation with him as well in ASPOA. JOA has contributed big time for the betterment of Ostomates in ASPOA region".

We welcome him in ASPOA as a new president of JOA.

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