Congratulations to the Physical Society of Japan from the American Physical Society
qPresident, American Physical Society@
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory,
Florida State University,
Florida 32310, USAr
On behalf of the American Physical Society it is my pleasure to extend our congratulations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Physical Society of Japan. The traditions, accomplishments, programs and principles of your almost 20,000 members have made the Physical Society of Japan a leader in the international physics enterprise. The origins of the Physical Society are rooted in the founding of the Tokyo Mathematical Company in 1877 thus making your organization one of the truly venerable and enduring learned communities.
The contributions of Japanese physics transcend the distinguished accomplishments of such Nobel Laureates as Hideki
Yukawa,1) Sin-itiro Tomonaga2) and Leo Esaki.3) The successes of Japanese physicists did not begin with meson theory, quantum electro-dynamics nor tunneling phenomena in semiconductors and super-conductors. The pantheon of Japanese physicists demonstrates contributions in all fields.
I am proud that the American Physical Society has honored physicists like Akito
Arima4) with the Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics in 1993; H.Tadokoro,5) M. Takayanagi,6) T. Hashimoto7) and H.Kawai8) in 1983 and 1987 with the APS High Polymer Physics Prize; Leo Esaki in 1985 and Masato Sagawa9) in 1986 with the APS International Prize for New Materials; Tihiro Ohkawa10)with the 1079 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics; and Takeshi Oka11)
with the 1982 Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy. And perhaps most fittingly, the J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics has been awarded to M. Kobayashi12)
and T. Maskawa13) in 1985, T. Kinoshita14) in 1990 and Y.
Nambu15) in 1994.
We would like to express the gratitude of physicists everywhere for the leadership of the Japanese community in re-invigorating the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics; first by hosting the 21st General Assembly in Nara in 1993 and the Professor Yoshio
Yamaguchi's15) inspired presidency of the Union. We also acknowledge our gratitude for your role in organizing and hosting the Second International Conference on Research and Communications in Physics which was held in Tokyo in September 1995.
Japaness physicists have an illustrious record in the pursuit of one of mankind's noblest activities, the uncovering and understanding of nature's deepest mysteries and the uses of this knowledge for the betterment of future generations. We wish you well on this occasion and are confident that the next 50 years will bring an equal measure of success and accomplishment to your distinguished Society.