It is our great pleasure to announce that the 23rd Annual and International
and greenery. Located on almost the same latitude as Milan in Italy, Toronto in
Canada and Marseile in France, the capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo, has the same
daylight hours as these cities. Sapporo is a young city where the Ainu, a people
indigenous to Japan, used to live. Western culture was introduced from the very
outside of land reclamation during the Meiji era. It has developed into the nation's
fifth largest city. Portland in the U.S., Munich in Germany, Shenyang in China and
Novosibirsk in Russia are its sister cities. Sapporo and Hokkaido wait for your visit.
Mutsumi Takagi, Ph.D.
Chairperson of JAACT2010