- Frank J. Leavitt, Ph.D.
Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev P.O.B. 653, 84105 Beer-Sheva, Israel
Since the report in the last issue of EEIN 4: 72-3, Pinit Ratanakul, Ph.D. (Bangkok) has agreed to join the International Board along with Jayapaul Azariah, Ph.D. (Madras), Jochanan Benbassat, M.D. (Beer Sheva), Norio Fujiki, M.D. (Fukui), Darryl Macer, Ph.D. (Tsukuba), Masahiro Morioka (Kyoto) and Eitan Shmuel (Kibbutz Lotan, Israel). In March 1995, Prof. Tomio Tada, M.D. (University of Tokyo) also joined the International Board. This coming July-August, Darryl and Nobuko Macer, with several Japanese students are planning to be here to help make the Center a reality, in a visit including work on a kibbutz and touring historical sites as well as planning the Center and participating in some intensive bioethics seminars.
Others interested in participating (I am afraid all come at their own expense) should get in touch with me soon. Meanwhile we must make an important final decision as to location. We are considering the desert of the Southern Negev or Arava, where the ecology is fascinating and where we can be a moderating bioethical influence on the development which the peace with Jordan is expected to bring. But this must be weighed against other locations where we might have easier access to the Faculty of Health Sciences in Beer Sheva, and easy travel to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. We believe that an ethics center in Israel honouring Senpo Sugihara can set the tone for Japan-Asian bioethical and ecological cooperation, as outlined previously.