Farewell message from Former President Takayama

This is to inform you that I retired from the position of President of the National Archives of Japan on June 1. Taking this opportunity, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you all for your support and encouragement since my inauguration on July 7, 2009. Without them, I could not have fulfilled my responsibility to administer the Public Records and Archives Management Act, which was enacted right after my inauguration.

During my presidency, we had a good chance to enhance the organization of the National Archives as a central organ to support Japanese archives system.

At the same time, as you may know, our staff committed their fullest efforts to archival restoration projects which were launched in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. These activities made us liaised with domestic public archives more closely than ever.

New President Takeo Katoh is a person of high integrity with deep insight and has served on a government committee on public records management. Backed by growing public concern over public records management, he would surely make a significant contribution to the further development of the National Archives.

Once again, thank you very much for your generous support during my presidency.


Masaya Takayama


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