Greetings from the Representative Director
Seven years have passed since the founding of the Japan International Association of Lighting Designers in September 2014. In that time, we have aimed to contribute broadly to the lighting culture and industry by publishing information about lighting design, improving quality in the lighting design profession, fostering the next generation of designers, and cooperating with relevant organizations.
In my greetings at this time last year, I wrote that, "Next year in 2020, we will welcome the long-awaited Olympics and Paralympics...These efforts must be successful not only for sports, but also in conveying Japanese culture to the world". We certainly expected wild enthusiasm throughout Japan as we welcomed the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. However, the sudden appearance of Covid-19 has shocked the world, and we are still not sure when the crisis will end. This situation will not be resolved by approaching it as something to put up with temporarily. It requires a "new normal" based on a reformed system of values.
We have experienced once-in-a-century events such as the plague, cholera, and the Spanish flu and have also overcome once-in-a-decade economic crises such as the economic downturn precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008, the Asian fiscal crisis in 1997, and the Black Monday stock market crash in 1987. We must prepare for the next crisis and be ready to face it determinedly. In times of crisis, we must more than ever demonstrate the role of our organization. Members must come together to form strong bonds and develop a constructive future-proof approach.
As we promote the advancement of lighting design work, we make efforts to further improve ourselves as designers. Going forward, we will strive to build a place that links the lighting industry broadly in cooperation with the Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan, the Japan Lighting Manufacturers Association, and other related organizations.
We appreciate your guidance and support.
Japan International Association of Lighting Designers
Representative Director Kaoru Mende