Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers' Association (JAIMA) was established in 1960 with the aim of contributing to the development of science and technology, the development of the Japanese economy, and the improvement of Japanese people's cultural life. It strives to do this by improving analytical instrument technology and advancing the analytical instrument industry, and in August 2020, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of our founding.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all users of analytical and medical instruments, member companies, and related ministries, academic societies, and organizations for their understanding and support, which has enabled us to continue our activities for such a long time.
The year 2020 was one in which a new COVID-19 infection spread worldwide and had a profound impact on people's lives and economic activities. The situation is still not under control, and we would like to express our sympathy to all those who have been affected by this infection and our condolences to those who have lost loved ones.
On the other hand, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, lifestyles and work styles are changing dramatically. Digitalization is advancing rapidly in various fields, and society appears to be undergoing significant changes.
JAIMA will continue to make efforts to help bring about a society where people can live affluent lives in safety and security by supporting member companies that are striving to improve and upgrade analytical and medical instruments.
Regarding JASIS 2020, the exhibition of state-of-the-art scientific and analytical systems and solutions, which is JAIMA's main business, was held in November last year. And it was well-received as a hybrid exhibition, with JASIS WebExpo 2020-2021 held as a virtual exhibition until March 2021, in addition to the 3-day physical exhibition at Makuhari Messe. JASIS in 2021 will be held from November 8 to 10, as some of the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held at Makuhari Messe. We will do our best to make JASIS even more fulfilling and to attract as many visitors as possible.
In the new normal world after the COVID-19 pandemic, we will strive to make a new leap forward as an industrial association, and we would like to ask for your continued support and cooperation.