A Message from the President

Already, 16 years have passed since the happy event of the Association’s establishment. Although it is a small association, with a membership of
250 or so, the Association has achieved the publication of a substantial amount of content, highlighting active research activities and obtaining high commendations from both inside and outside the Association.

The collection of papers (three volumes) from the thirteenth International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES), held in Kyoto in 1997, has been effectively used by many overseas organizations and has also been widely cited in English-language papers and works. Additionally, our work was presented at the eleventh annual meeting in 2002 (Maesawa-cho, Iwate), the twelfth annual meeting in 2003 (Tosa-shi, Kochi), and the fourteenth annual meeting in 2005 (Chikuma-shi, Nagano). We also co-sponsored open symposia with local governments in all places where the annual meetings have been undertaken, and these have been widely reported by local media.

In 2005, our English-language journal, Nilo-Ethiopian Studies, was selected by the electronic archive enterprise of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). Considering that only three journals were chosen for evaluation from the many society magazines in the human and social sciences, I feel proud of what our journal has become. In the creation and public presentation of the electronic archive, the Association has achieved recognition from JST. Using Journal@rchive, the website service, Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, and J-STAGE, the main papers from NES volumes 1–9 can be freely downloaded as PDF files.

Currently, we are endeavoring to work toward the publication of the journal on a more regular basis under the new governing board with members of the editorial board of the journal. Also, the Association website will be further enhanced, and the Association mailing list is also being prepared for information exchange among members.

I ask you for your support and cooperation in the further development of the Association’s activities in the future. I also wish you every success with your research and the goals you are trying to achieve.

September 2007
President (since 2007)
Mutsuo KAWATOKO