Inauguration message from President Katoh

June 3, 2013

It is my great honor and pleasure to be appointed as President of the National Archives of Japan effective June 1, 2013.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, Masaya Takayama, for his leadership and commitment to fostering the National Archives as a central organ to support Japanese archives system, especially after the legislation of public records management.

Public archives and public records management have become major concerns to me, ever since I served on a government committee on public records management launched in February 2008. I am humbled and excited to have this new chance of contribution to the field of archives.

There is no doubt that we are facing many challenges in the midst of rapid changes in our business, such as revision of the Public Records and Archives Management Act and reform of incorporated administrative agencies. With an aim to further ensure public accessibility to archives, we will work together for the better public records management whose systematic basis has just been established.

On this occasion, I would like to ask for your understanding and support for the National Archives of Japan.

Takeo Katoh
National Archives of Japan


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