Yokohama Bay Area
The Japanese Orthodontic Society, a scientific society that represents Japan's orthodontic community, The Japanese Orthodontic Society believes that holding the 9th IOC in Japan will be a great opportunity for Japanese and international orthodontists to share the fruits and findings of the basic research and treatment practice that the Japanese orthodontic community has accumulated over the years, while deepening ties between orthodontics and other related domains so that our area of specialization can further develop as an important pillar of health science.
We also believe that gathering together in Japan orthodontists and dental care professionals from around the world, who will bring with them their expertise, experience and wisdom, will be of particular significance in expanding and supporting the need for orthodontic care that is rapidly growing throughout the world, especially in Asia.
Considering that eating, speaking and smiling is a basic activity necessary to maintain our QOL and physical and mental health and that correct occlusion and mastication must be assured for this activity so that one can live a healthy life to the full, we can say that orthodontics is at the heart of health and life maintenance.
For the 9th International Orthodontic Congress, which we hope to see convened in Japan, we would like to propose to our colleagues the world over and those who support our profession to deeply reflect on the role of orthodontics as the starting point for health science, whose importance is expected to grow further in the future, so that we may be able to continue fulfilling this role most optimally.
We also hope that the Congress, held in Yokohama, will provide participants with the opportunity to discover and appreciate Japanese culture, tradition and natural beauty. I would like to impress upon you that the Japanese orthodontic and dental community, the Japanese government, the city of Yokohama
and other parties concerned are solidly united in our determination to welcome Congress participants and their guests in the best possible manner we can.