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Greetings from the President

Thank you very much for your great support for and participation in the Japanese Society of Child Health Nursing (JSCHN). My name is Midori Asano and I assumed the position of 11th president of JSCHN from June 2019.

JSCHN enters a new phase with its 30th anniversary in this term (2019-2020 fiscal year). As president, I shoulder the weight of the responsibility we have toward children and their families and, together with our board committee members, will endeavor to further develop academic activity.
Midori Asano

The number of children in Japan has been on the decrease for 38 consecutive years, from 1982. In 1990, the number of children younger than 15 years was 22,544,000 (18.2%); the number decreased to 15,330,000 (12.1%) in April 2019. In line with this trend, the number of pediatric wards decreases every year, while mixed wards are increasing; many children have to receive treatment in these mixed wards, as pediatric wards become less profitable. In addition to children with chronic conditions or disabilities, the number of children and families who need community-based medical care in their daily lives are increasing.

For nurses who work with children and their families, it is imperative that children’s rights are defended sufficiently and that both the child’s and family’s needs are respected during recuperative care. An important mission of our society is to highlight the value of the practice of child health nursing and education, along with the scientific study of the field, and the development of child nursing science. We therefore invite submission of original research reports to contribute to the improved quality of nursing practice.

Finally, we renewed our homepage this summer to garner wider cooperation and support and to increase the number of members, particularly young members, to more than 2,000. I believe it is our responsibility to develop a more attractive society for our current and future members.

Thank you for your kind cooperation!


Midori Asano, R.N., PHN, Ph.D
President of JSCHN