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Kyoto honoured after courageous response to tsunami

05/04/2012

The first major congress to be held in Japan following the disastrous earthquake of  March last year has won international recognition.


The International Association of PCOs has presented its coveted International Client Award for 2011 to Yasuo Ikeda, chairman of the Japanese Organization Committee of the 23rd International Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.


Also honoured were Hiroshi Mizohata, the Commissioner of the Tourism Agency, Ryoichi Matsuyama, president of the Japan National Tourism Organization and Hirotake Chikanami, president of JCS.


ISTH 2011 was held from 23-28 July 2011 at The Kyoto International Conference Center attended by 6,000 participants, of which 4,000 were from over 80 foreign countries.


The award recognised the delivery of such a large congress when so many international congresses were cancelled or postponed due to the earthquake and tsunami.


The host committee mobilised a risk survey company so they could make an informed decision about whether to proceed with the congress or not. The Society's council voted unanimously to hold the congress in Kyoto, strongly supporting the Japanese people. 


Pictured: Left to right, Hirotake Chikanami, Dr. Yasuo Ikeda and Hiroshi Mizohata



 


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