Addresses by His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince (2015)

Address by His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince at the Arena Show of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree

Address by His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince
at the Arena Show of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree
August 2, 2015
the 23rd World Scout Jamboree Arena

Greetings to all Scouts

It is a great pleasure to be here with scouts from about 150 countries and regions to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

I find it wonderful to see you all being together, sharing time together and talking to one another with your friends in Scouting. I myself have attended the National Jamboree since 1976, and experienced cooking outdoors and tent life in 1982 and 1986. I greatly cherish these wonderful and unforgettable memories and they are deeply engrained in my heart.

We all have different faiths, speak different languages, and grow up in different cultural and historical backgrounds. I assume that you are feeling and experiencing daily these diversities among yourselves and your friends at this Jamboree. At the same time, you surely find among yourselves the shared belief, “To help other people at all times”.

These ideals and beliefs, together with the friendship flourishing in this small world of the Jamboree, will lead the world to be a better place. I am convinced that you will learn more about this “Spirit of Unity” during the Jamboree and will cherish the notion of “WA” as a precious reminder of it.

In conclusion I would like to wish you every success in the World Scout Jamboree this year, and renew my sincere wish that the Scout Movement will further advance with the aim of developing youth who will be able to contribute to a peaceful and prosperous future.

Thank you.

Address by His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince at the World Engineering Conference and Convention (WECC2015) Opening Ceremony

Address by His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince
at the World Engineering Conference and Convention (WECC2015) Opening Ceremony
Monday, November 30, 2015
Kyoto International Conference Center

Mr. President,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to attend the opening ceremony of the 5th World Engineering Conference and Convention (WECC2015), with many participants from Japan and overseas.

The origin of WECC can be traced back to 1929, when the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies hosted the World Engineering Congress (WEC) in Tokyo through the collective efforts of industry, academia, and the government of the time. The WEC concluded successfully and sent out a message to the world that Japan had recovered from the Great Kanto Earthquake. Later, in 1968, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) was founded with the objective of fostering peace and world-wide socioeconomic progress by encouraging advances in engineering and international exchanges. I understand that currently, a World Engineers' Convention is held roughly every four years under the leadership of WFEO. I am delighted that the 5th WECC will be convened in Kyoto, a city that has successfully fused tradition and cutting-edge technologies, and has, at the same time, preserved Japan's culture and heritage while developing state-of-the-art technologies.

I believe that it is of great importance to hold discussions at WECC2015 as to how we can realise innovations and solve those challenges that face communities, such as energy issues as well as natural disasters and the safety of people. From the perspective of "Engineering for Society and Engineering in Society" towards the establishment of a sustainable society, it brings together the business community, academia, the educational community, the government, and civil society.

It seems timely to convene WECC2015 in Japan as the world's expectations for Japan's initiatives to promote sustainable development based on the lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake such as the development of the social infrastructure, resilient to natural disasters, has been getting higher and higher. Against this background, WECC2015 will offer valuable opportunities for sharing Japan's efforts with leading players from various sectors around the world.

In closing, I would like to express my sincere respect to all those who have dedicated themselves to the advancement of engineering from the perspective of "Engineering for Society and Engineering in Society." I hope that WECC2015 will fulfill its role in presenting new directions for solving the key challenges facing mankind in the 21st century and will propose concrete measures to this end. It is also hoped that a global awareness of the key roles played by engineers and researchers will be promoted.

Thank you.